June 23, 2022
Brandon Richards, Director of Communications
AB 1666 (Bauer-Kahan) Would Increase Protections for Abortion Patients & Providers in California
AB 1666 Heads to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Desk for Signature; Once Signed AB 1666 Will Go Into Effect Immediately
SACRAMENTO—Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) released the following statement from Legislative Director Molly Robson regarding the California Senate overwhelmingly passing AB 1666 (Bauer-Kahan):
“With the Supreme Court expected to take away the constitutional right to abortion this month, AB 1666 will provide additional legal protections for California providers that continue to offer essential and timely health care, including abortion, to people forced to seek care in California rather than in their home state due to hostile, extreme, and dangerous restrictions or outright bans.”
“These precautions and protections are a key first step as California prepares for a post-Roe world, and unfortunately necessary given the increased hostility and frequency of abortion bans in other states seeking to target patients and providers. Taking this action now is crucial and we applaud the California Legislature for taking swift action on this legislation.”
AB 1666 (Bauer-Kahan) protects patients and providers in California from civil liability for providing reproductive health care to patients when the claims are based on laws in other states that are hostile to abortion rights and are contrary to the public policy of California. With the addition of an urgency clause this law would go into effect immediately if signed by the Governor.
AB 1666 builds on a recommendation put forth by the California Future of Abortion Council recommendations released in a December report, in which Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California is a member of its “Steering Committee.”
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.