Californians to vote on adding abortion protections to state constitution

The California State Assembly on Monday voted to pass SCA 10, a resolution that would let voters in November decide whether or not to enshrine abortion rights into the state constitution. If passed by voters in the upcoming November election, an amendment would be added to the California constitution prohibiting the state from “denying or interfering with an individual’s reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions.” The amendment also prohibits the state from denying or interfering with an individual’s right to choose or refuse contraceptives.The amendment was introduced by Senate pro Tempore Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, following the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion in May suggesting Roe v. Wade be overturned. Roe v. Wade was officially overturned Friday, though abortion remains legal in California. The right to obtain an abortion in California is protected until the fetus is considered viable and in cases where the procedure is necessary to save the patient’s life or health.| MORE | ‘This decision is an attack on women’: California leaders react to Roe v. Wade overturning, Newsom signs bill effective immediatelyThe court ruled 5-4 to overturn the landmark decision that made abortion legal across the country in 1972. Nearly half of the states are expected to implement abortion bans.Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill, AB1666, that immediately protects patients and health providers in California from civil lawsuits based on other states’ laws.Newsom has also signed legislation that eliminates copays for abortion care services.

The California State Assembly on Monday voted to pass SCA 10a resolution that would let voters in November decide whether or not to enshrine abortion rights into the state constitution.

If passed by voters in the upcoming November election, an amendment would be added to the California constitution prohibiting the state from “denying or interfering with an individual’s reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions.” The amendment also prohibits the state from denying or interfering with an individual’s right to choose or refuse contraceptives.

The amendment was introduced by Senate pro Tempore Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, following the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion in May suggesting Roe v. Wade be overturned.

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Roe v. Wade was officially overturned Friday, though abortion remains legal in California. The right to obtain an abortion in California is protected until the fetus is considered viable and in cases where the procedure is necessary to save the patient’s life or health.

† MORE | ‘This decision is an attack on women’: California leaders react to Roe v. Wade overturning, Newsom signs bill effective immediately

The court ruled 5-4 to overturn the landmark decision that made abortion legal across the country in 1972. Nearly half of the states are expected to implement abortion bans.

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill, AB1666, that immediately protects patients and health providers in California from civil lawsuits based on other states’ laws.

Newsom has also signed legislation that eliminates copays for abortion care services.

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