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California Future of Abortion Council Statement on Legislature Advancing Comprehensive Bill Package

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2022

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California Future of Abortion Council Steering Committee Statement on Legislature Advancing Comprehensive Bill Package Protecting & Expanding Access to Abortion

California Continues its Reproductive Freedom Leadership in National Moment of Crisis

Three Senate Bills Move to Assembly; Ten Assembly Bills Move to Senate

CALIFORNIA – The California Future of Abortion Council (CA FAB Council) Steering Committee, comprised of ACCESS REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE, Black Women For Wellness Action Project, Essential Access Health, NARAL Pro-Choice California, National Health Law Program, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, and Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare (TEACH), released the following statement in response to the California Legislature passing the entire CA FAB Council supported bill package out of their ‘House of Origin.’ The package includes 13 bills that stem from the recommendations put forth by the CA FAB Council in its report issued in December.

“California leaders are meeting this moment of crisis and ensuring that California is going to continue to lead the way in the fight for Reproductive Freedom.”

“As extreme politicians in more and more states enact cruel, dangerous and stigmatizing bans on abortion, with Oklahoma being the latest example, more and more people are being forced to travel elsewhere in search of the essential health services they want and need. California has often served as a beacon of hope and has paved the way for protecting fundamental rights and expanding access to care.”

“Reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations across California are working hard as we anticipate the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to ensure people, regardless of their home state, will be able to access abortion services here in California. We can’t leave anything on the table. The CA FAB Council has put forward a robust and comprehensive package to make the promise of abortion access, a reality for all. Because as we know, just because a right exists does not mean access to that right is equitable.”

The bill package successfully moving through the California Legislature into the second legislative chamber is accompanied by a $100+ Million investment put forth by Governor Gavin Newsom in his revised budget proposal that would make several key investments in workforce, infrastructure, security, community-based organizations providing medically accurate information, and more. Read the CA FAB Council’s statement on Governor Newsom’s budget proposal here.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Brandon Richards, Director of Communications

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California

Brandon.Richards@PPACCA.org, 916.233.3857

Elliott Kozuch, Senior Communications Strategist

NARAL Pro-Choice California

media@prochoiceamerica.org

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The “California Future of Abortion Council” (CA FAB Council) is comprised of reproductive freedom and sexual and reproductive health care allies, partners, and leaders. The CA FAB Council works in collaboration with policymakers, researchers, advocates, providers, patients, and key constituents to determine potential challenges in the state and recommend solutions that will continue to provide access and stability for both Californians and those who may seek services here from out of state. The CA FAB Council allows for those dedicated to protecting reproductive rights and expanding access to sexual and reproductive health care to come together. Learn more here.