December 10, 2021
Brandon Richards, Director of Communications
SACRAMENTO—Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) released the following statement from President and CEO Jodi Hicks regarding this morning’s opinions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court involving Texas’ extreme and unconstitutional abortion ban known as Senate Bill 8.
“Once again, in a devastating but not surprising move, the Supreme Court has allowed the Texas abortion ban to remain in effect. With the unprecedented and unconscionable opinions issued today, the conservative members of the Court continue to deny people in Texas bodily autonomy. Worse yet, as Justice Sotomayor voiced, the Supreme Court’s decision ‘invites other States to refine SB 8’s model for nullifying federal rights.’ There is no question SB 8 remaining in effect is having harmful effects on millions of people both in and out of Texas. For more than 100 days, abortion access has been blocked for most people in Texas, forcing thousands to either make costly trips hundreds of miles across state lines—including to California—to access constitutionally protected health care or carry pregnancies. We also know many more people—disproportionately people of color, people with low incomes, and people in rural areas of the state—do not have the resources to make such a trip.”
“Today’s opinions reinforce what we already know—we can’t count on the Court to protect the constitutional right to abortion. This Court—with Trump’s extremist Justices—is clearly dead set on not allowing abortion, giving us even less hope that Roe might be upheld. That likely reality is why organizations and policymakers throughout California are working to prepare for people living in over half of the states to lose access to abortion care in the coming year. As a Reproductive Freedom state, California must continue to lead, and policymakers must take swift action to ensure access to health care for all who need it.”
Earlier this week, the California Future of Abortion Council (CA FAB Council)—comprised of more than 40 organizations across California—released a new report highlighting key policy recommendations state leaders and lawmakers can take to increase access to safe, equitable, and affordable abortion care. The new report includes 45 policy recommendations across seven focus areas that are intended to be used in California and as a blueprint for other state legislatures looking to protect and expand access to abortion, countering the efforts by extreme politicians in many states to ban and restrict abortion care, like Texas, and as the Supreme Court seems poised to overturn Roe v Wade.
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.