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February 21, 2023

Jennifer Wonnacott, [email protected]

SACRAMENTO: Statement from Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California President and CEO Jodi Hicks on the launch of the multi-state Reproductive Freedom Alliance:

“Thank you to the 20 Governors, and especially Governor Gavin Newsom, who have joined together to form the new Reproductive Freedom Alliance. This is the kind of collaboration needed to find bold and innovative solutions to optimize abortion equity and justice in states with leaders supporting reproductive rights. While California has done so much to protect and expand access to abortion and reproductive health care, we know there is still work to do - we still face challenges, and the reality of a post-Dobbs world is still unfolding. The more collaboration across states that support access the better we can all respond to the crisis before us.

“Planned Parenthood has been proud to be part of the CA Future of Abortion Council producing recommendations for policymakers and California Planned Parenthood affiliates have been working with affiliates in other states since last year to share best practices, lessons, and policy ideas, all with the goal of creating a national blueprint for access states that provides policymakers and others with ideas and information. We hope all this collective work can help inform the Alliance.

“We applaud the Governors standing together against the anti-abortion movement that will not stop until they ban and criminalize abortion nationwide. And Planned Parenthood stands ready to help the Alliance as states reimagine how best to protect and expand access to abortion and other critical reproductive health care.”