January 10, 2022
Brandon Richards, Director of Communications
SACRAMENTO — Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) released the following statement from President and CEO Jodi Hicks regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal for the 2022 – 2023 Fiscal Year.
“The budget put forth today by Governor Newsom is another step toward leading the nation in prioritizing sexual and reproductive health care, including access to abortion. The investments included for workforce, IT and security infrastructure, and subsidies for premiums for abortion coverage in Covered California, along with the Administration’s commitment to working with the legislature to address barriers to care, are critical to California protecting and expanding access to abortion. This budget proposal provides flexibility and opportunity for increasing access to abortion; however, these investments are only part of what we must do if California is going to continue to lead in the reproductive health, rights, and justice space.”
“We look forward to continuing our work with Governor Newsom and legislative leaders throughout the budget process to develop the details that will ultimately increase access to and affordability of abortion care – making sure California continues to build upon its status as a ‘Reproductive Freedom state’ amid extreme and dangerous restrictions being implemented around the country.”
Last year was the worst year for abortion rights, according to the Guttmacher Institute, and 2022 is shaping up to be the most consequential year since 1973 – when Roe v Wade established the constitutional right to abortion. Not only is the U.S. Supreme Court hearing Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization – the court case directly challenging Roe v Wade – but Texas’ extreme, dangerous, and unconstitutional ‘vigilante’ style law (known as S.B. 8) that allows strangers to sue anyone who aids a person in getting an abortion past the six-week mark has been allowed to remain in effect since September 1, 2021 while the legal battle continues. Many states throughout the country are now considering similar laws.
Extreme and dangerous abortion restrictions in other states continue to have an impact on California and Californians access to sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion. In the days and weeks that followed, Planned Parenthood health centers across California saw patients seeking services in California from Texas and states bordering Texas. As more states move to restrict access to abortion, California policymakers must take swift and repeated action throughout the 2022 legislative session to ensure there are as little delays to care as possible for Californians as well as those seeking care here.
In response to the impact on California, The California Future of Abortion Council (CA FAB Council) leadership – which Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California is a member of – wrote to Governor Gavin Newsom outlining key budget items they would like to see in his budget proposal. Read the letter here. The letter came on the heels of the CA FAB Council report outlining 45 recommendations for California policymakers to guide their efforts to increase access to abortion care, both for Californians and those seeking care in California – regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court decides later this year. Read the full report here.
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.