SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California voters approved Proposition 1, the Reproductive Freedom Act, on Tuesday, amending the state’s constitution to affirm the right to abortion care and contraceptives. Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization and a member of the Yes on Prop 1 campaign’s steering committee, released the following statement from Executive Director Tony Hoang:
“California voters have overwhelmingly affirmed that access to critical, basic reproductive healthcare is a fundamental right that must be protected. This is a huge victory for women and LGBTQ+ people across the Golden State, as we have further solidified California’s leadership in protecting abortion access and reproductive freedom.
“The message from voters is clear: Abortion is healthcare, and we will not go back to the days in which politicians made these decisions for Californians.
“We are extremely grateful for the leadership of Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, Governor Newsom, Speaker Rendon and our allies in the California Legislature, who worked expeditiously to introduce and pass this critical measure to safeguard reproductive freedom. And we could not be prouder to have partnered with our friends at Planned Parenthood in our shared fight for reproductive justice and bodily autonomy.”
Access to abortion care and contraceptives is extremely important for the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ people — including cisgender women, trans men and nonbinary people — seek abortion care and use contraceptives for a variety of reasons. And studies have consistently shown that lesbian, bisexual and queer women are more likely to experience unexpected or unwanted pregnancies.
Following the leak of a draft opinion from the United States Supreme Court in May that indicated nearly 50 years of judicial precedent established by Roe v. Wade would be overturned, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon introduced ACA 10, which became Proposition 1.
California has long been a safe haven for abortion access. In 1969, the state Supreme Court ruled that the California constitution’s right to privacy implies the right to an abortion. Reproductive access is also protected by statute.
Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org