September 8, 2021
Brandon Richards, Director of Communications
AB 1356, a Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Sponsored Bill, Strengthens Safety & Security Laws for Reproductive Health Centers
SACRAMENTO— Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) released the following statement from President/CEO Jodi Hicks regarding the final passage of AB 1356 (Bauer-Kahan), legislation that strengthens safety and security laws for reproductive health centers throughout California. Thanks to the leadership of Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, AB 1356 now heads to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk for his signature.
“As people face historic attacks and unimaginable restrictions to abortion and other sexual and reproductive health care from extreme politicians, California is providing an example of how to protect access to essential care,” said Jodi Hicks, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. “Reproductive health care providers deserve to feel safe when showing up to provide care, and patients deserve to feel safe when showing up to receive critical health care. AB 1356 updates existing law to ensure safety and security, and we look forward to Governor Gavin Newsom signing this into law.”
2021 has been the worst year for abortion restrictions since Roe became the law of the land in 1973. Since the beginning of the year, according to a report by the Guttmacher Institute, nearly 600 restrictions have been introduced across the country. With bans like these, particularly the one allowed to remain in effect in Texas, California’s role as a Reproductive Freedom state becomes even more crucial. Planned Parenthood looks forward to continuing to work with Governor Newsom, the state legislature, and other key offices across California to build on the progress our state has made to expand access to sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion.
Acts of violence and harassment against abortion providers have persisted for decades, despite the severity over the years, protestors are often viewed as peaceful protestors, which is not nor has ever been the case. This complacency has allowed the threats and security incidences at reproductive health centers to become more severe, and with new opportunities with technology to harass online, it is critical to modernize our laws to reflect what is happening.
This bill also increases accountability for individuals who commit these crimes and will update training related to anti-reproductive rights crimes for law enforcement.
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) is the state public policy office representing California’s seven separately incorporated Planned Parenthood affiliates. Through advocacy and electoral action, PPAC promotes sound public policy in areas of sexual and reproductive health care and sex education.