California Governor Announces Constitutional Amendment

Following Draft SCOTUS Opinion, Legislative Leaders and Governor Newsom Announce Constitutional Amendment to Enshrine the Right to Choose in California

SACRAMENTO, CA (STL.News) Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Governor Gavin Newsom released the below statement following news reports detailing a preliminary U.S. Supreme Court majority draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade and end federal constitutional protections for the right to abortion:

“California will not stand idly by as women across America are stripped of their rights and the progress so many have fought for gets erased.  We will fight. California is proposing an amendment to enshrine the right to choose in our state constitution so that there is no doubt as to the right to abortion in this state.  We know we can’t trust the Supreme Court to protect reproductive rights, so California will build a firewall around this right in our state constitution.  Women will remain protected here.”

CONTACT:
Niesha.Fritz@sen.ca.gov (for Pro Tem Atkins)
Katie.Talbot@asm.ca.gov (for Speaker Rendon)
Govpressoffice@gov.ca.gov (for Governor Newsom)