SACRAMENTO – Jodi Hicks, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC), issued the following statement announcing Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California’s endorsement of Proposition 17 and opposition to Proposition 20:
“With the election just 14 days away, it’s critical that we remember we’re in a state of emergency for women’s health, immigrant rights, LGBTQ+ rights, racial justice, voting rights and so much more. As our country is reckoning with centuries-long systemic racism, it’s a time for California to look inward.
“Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California opposes Proposition 20 because it would further widen racial disparities and perpetuate a racist criminal justice system, at a time when we’re working to dismantle systemic racism in our institutions.
“We’re proud to endorse Proposition 17 because it strengthens voting rights in California. As a leading advocate for reproductive rights, we know that the ability to exercise our constitutional rights, including the right to vote, shouldn’t depend upon our past.
“Planned Parenthood believes everyone must have full autonomy over their bodies and believes racial equity is paramount in the fight for reproductive freedom. Our vision for racial equity is a world where Black, Latino, AAPI, Indigenous and other communities of color have bodily
autonomy and full access to their sexual and reproductive rights — as well as the rights and resources to make decisions for their lives and their families.”
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.