January 22, 2024
Jennifer Wonnacott, Chief External Affairs Officer
Releases “Burn Book” to Spotlight Anti-Abortion Actions by Electeds and Supreme Court Justices
SACRAMENTO — Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) released the following statement from President and CEO Jodi Hicks ahead of what would’ve been the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in 1973. PPAC also released a “Burn Book” highlighting anti-abortion actions taken by electeds and Supreme Court Justices that have been part of the national attack on abortion access:
“It remains clear that the fight for reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy continues as we mark what would have been the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. We know that anti-abortion lawmakers and their allies were never going to be satisfied with just overturning Roe v. Wade. That’s why they have continued their harmful attacks and will not be content until there is a nationwide abortion ban.
“These attacks though are directly at odds with the clear message voters across the country sent during the midterms: Politicians have no place in our personal medical decisions. Voters confirmed that politicians who attack abortion access represent a radical fringe movement — not the will of the people. Across the nation, voters sent a resounding message: Elected officials must protect our health and rights, not take them away.
“Planned Parenthood in California and our supporters will never back down. We will do everything we can to raise the alarm and fight back against these attacks on our rights and freedom. That includes holding our elected representatives accountable for their actions and making sure voters know where their representatives stand on the issue of abortion. The only way to stop a nationwide abortion ban is to make sure we are electing representatives who will fight to protect and expand access to abortion and reproductive freedom.”
Today, 21 states have banned some or all abortions and one in three women of reproductive age, plus more trans and nonbinary people, are blocked from abortion access in their home state. More than 160 anti-abortion bills have already been filed in 25 states this legislative session, with hundreds more to come.
To continue holding elected representatives accountable, PPAC released a Legislative Scorecard and launched Knowtheirvotes.com to track the actions of federal representatives. As part of that work, PPAC has released a “Burn Book” to highlight actions that have contributed to the current landscape of abortion access.
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.