May 2, 2022
Brandon Richards, Director of Communications
Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon Lead Statewide Effort
SACRAMENTO—Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) released the following statement from President and CEO Jodi Hicks in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announcing a California constitutional amendment that would solidify abortion rights in the California constitution – increasing safeguards amidst the ongoing threat to the overturning of Roe v Wade, seemingly confirmed by news reports tonight:
“With this announcement, California is once again showing what it means to be a Reproductive Freedom state – reimagining what is possible when leaders center patients and prioritize health equity for all who need essential health care, including abortion services. While there are protections for abortion in California, we can and must do more because the other side will not back down, even if they win at the U.S. Supreme Court. We are proud to work alongside California leaders who stand up and fight when abortion rights and access are threatened and thank them for their leadership. There is no question the California way can and will meet this historic moment.”
Increasing protections is more important than ever after an exclusive in the Washington Post on Monday May 2, 2022 highlighted a new federal effort by right-wing politicians, many of whom are rumored to be presidential candidates in 2024, would attempt to enact a nationwide six-week ban on abortion.
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.