July 8, 2022
Brandon Richards, Director of Communications
SACRAMENTO—Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) released the following statement from President and CEO Jodi Hicks in response to President Joe Biden signing an executive order this morning related to access to abortion services across the country:
“I am glad President Joe Biden has taken much needed federal action during this nationwide abortion access crisis and we hope today’s action is just the beginning of a coordinated federal response that meets the moment – just as California has been pursuing for more than a year.
“Millions of people can no longer access abortion services, an essential sexual and reproductive health care, in their own zip code let alone their own state. That should be viewed by everyone as simply unacceptable.
“In California, through the California Future of Abortion Council and our elected leadership, we will continue to lead the nation in how to best protect and expand access to abortion. We will continue to do all we can to ensure people can get the abortion care they want or need here in California. We look forward to federal leadership continuing to join us in the pursuit of equitable access to all health care, including abortion.”
- In March, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 245 (Gonzalez), eliminates out-of-pocket costs for abortion for people with private insurance.
- In June, Governor Gavin Newsom signed 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.
- In June, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a state budget that included more than 200 million in new funding to protect and expand access to abortion and sexual and reproductive health care more broadly.
- In July, Proposition 1 was officially placed on the November ballot, which seeks to amend the California Constitution to explicitly protect access to abortion and contraception.
- In August, the California Legislature will return from their summer recess and continue to move the legislative package support by the California Future of Abortion Council forward.
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.