Governor Gavin Newsom, Senator Alex Padilla Join California Constitutional Officers, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and Local Leaders in Final Prop 1 GOTV Push Ahead of Election Day

Long Beach – In a final rally to urge voters to turn out and vote YES on Proposition 1, California Governor Gavin Newsom and United States Senator Alex Padilla will joined California Constitutional Officers and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California President & CEO Jodi Hicks, along with hundreds of Proposition 1 supporters to get out the vote. 

Proposition 1 will explicitly add the right to an abortion to the California State Constitution to ensure that, in California, the right to an abortion is a fundamental right of Californians and it is afforded the strongest protections available under the law. This would be consistent with existing state rights to privacy and equal protection. Proposition 1 would ensure that regardless of who or what party controls the government or the courts in the future, a person’s right to an abortion is protected in California.  

“Abortion is on the ballot,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom. “Freedom to make your own decisions about your health is on the ballot.  Your rights are under attack by Republicans and the far right. Vote YES on Prop 1 and fight back against the Republican assault on your freedom.” 

“For nearly half a century, Roe v. Wade has guaranteed countless women the freedom to make decisions for their own bodies and futures,” said United States Senator Alex Padilla.  “The Supreme Court took that away from us, but we will not go quietly into the night. Proposition 1 will enshrine the right to an abortion directly into the California Constitution, protecting this fundamental right for all Californians and for all those who travel here to receive abortion care. I urge Californians to join me in support of Proposition 1.”

“Californians, and voters everywhere across the country who have the chance, need to stand up and affirm the right to abortion,” said Congressmember Lowenthal (D-Long Beach). “Now more than ever we need to send a message to those in DC that voters support abortion rights and that they will not stand for archaic laws that roll back our freedoms.  

“We must ensure that a person’s right to an abortion will always be protected in California regardless of who or what party controls the government or the courts,” said California Attorney General Rob Bonta. “Proposition 1 will safeguard against a future legislature or court dismantling abortion rights in California and I stand here today urging everyone to get out and vote YES on Prop 1.” 

“Access to affordable, comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion, allows people to plan their lives and achieve their dreams,” said Ricardo Lara, California State Insurance Commissioner.  “Prop 1 protects access to the care that will give individuals and families the freedom to make those choices, which is why I’m proud to stand here today and urge voters to get out and vote YES on Prop 1 in these final days.”

“In June, millions of Americans lost a fundamental freedom: the right to make their own choices about their own healthcare,” said California Secretary of State Shirley Weber. “I’m proud that California overwhelmingly supports the right to abortion, but I won’t feel safe until we codify it in our state constitution. The past few months have shown us all too vividly that we can’t be complacent–we have to be vigilant to protect our hard-won freedoms.”

“When the conservative Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, California sprung to action, working to enshrine abortion rights into our State Constitution,” said California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. “We need to turn up and vote YES on Prop 1 because  California must stand strong and protect access to reproductive health care, like abortion and contraceptives.”

“Proposition 1 is simple: it explicitly adds to the California Constitution our essential reproductive freedoms, including the right to access abortion care and the right to choose or refuse contraceptives,” said Malia Cohen, Chair of the California Board of Equalization. “We must vote YES on Prop 1 to ensure the protection of those freedoms for generations to come.”

“The decision to seek abortion care is deeply personal, and it’s one that should remain between a patient and their doctor – not politicians or Supreme Court justices,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “Here in Long Beach we have made it clear that we will always defend a person’s right to choose abortion, but it’s time to codify that right in the state constitution, to protect every Californian, by voting YES on Prop 1.”

“The Supreme Court has taken away the federal right to abortion —removing power for people in other states to control their own bodies and giving that power to politicians,” said Long Beach City Councilmember Cindy Allen. “But here in Long Beach and in California, we are fighting back because we know the importance of this moment and everyone here today needs to be sure to get out and vote YES on Prop 1. 

“We will not be deterred by the scare tactics from the opposition who are using misinformation to confuse voters,” said Long Beach City Councilmember Suely Saro. “The ballot measure is clear and simple and adds the right to an abortion directly into the California State Constitution. Vote YES on Prop 1.”

“The Supreme Court has done the unthinkable by unraveling the right to choose abortion in the United States, but here in Long Beach – we will not give up our hard-won rights without a fight,” said Megan Kerr, Board Member, Long Beach Unified School District. “We are proud to stand with Californians up and down the state in voting YES on Prop 1 to add our reproductive health care freedoms into the state constitution.”

“In June, we watched in disbelief as the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, declaring that the constitutional right to abortion – upheld for nearly half a century – no longer existed,” said California Democratic Party Chair Rusty Hicks. “In the last 50 years, women across the country relied on Roe for reproductive freedom. It was a safeguard that declared definitively women had the right to make their own decisions about their own bodies. Or so we thought. That safeguard is now gone – but the fight continues. 

On Election Day, we have an opportunity to put up another line of defense for reproductive freedom  – by voting yes on Proposition 1. For our constitutional rights, for the rights of people  to make their own health decisions, we must turn out, we must vote, and we must vote yes on Prop 1.

“Abortion is on the ballot, literally, this year for Californians,” said Jodi Hicks, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. “California once again has a chance to make history and lead this nation towards a more equitable future by voting YES on Proposition 1 and supporting champions of sexual and reproductive health care up and down the ballot and across the state. It is crucial California continues to take steps to protect reproductive freedom for everyone, including access to abortion and contraception, in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade and extreme politicians across the country going after providers and patients for seeking the care they want and need. We must do all that we can and that begins with supporting Proposition 1 this election!”

Prop 1 will also protect how a person decides to use contraceptives and establishes guardrails that allow a person to make the choice themselves on how to use or refuse contraceptives, based on their individual needs. 

The measure, which was put on the ballot by the Legislature earlier this year, is a direct response to the conservative Supreme Court’s unraveling of Roe v. Wade and a rollback of essential reproductive freedoms. Proposition 1 will add the right to abortion and contraception into the California State Constitution, ensuring these decisions remain between a person and their health care provider. 

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