Advocacy

Citizens for Choice Public Policy Advocacy – 2024

On June 24, 2022, just two short years ago, our U.S. Supreme Court abandoned its responsibility to interpret our Constitution to protect basic individual rights for women. In the Dobbs v. Mississippi case, the Court gutted Roe v. Wade’s 50-year precedent and the Constitutional right Roe established to choose abortion.

Since Dobbs, each state has been able to decide whether and how to regulate abortion, with few Constitutional safeguards and a majority conservative Court loathe to intervene. As predicted, about half of the 50 states now ban or restrict abortion.
In California, Citizens for Choice has joined with the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom and other allies dedicated to advancing reproductive health, rights and justice in our state. Increasing access to safe, legal abortion care has become a major focus of that advocacy since the Dobbs decision.

Citizens for Choice joined in the successful campaign to pass a state Constitutional amendment protecting abortion and contraceptives as fundamental rights, a ballot measure overwhelmingly approved by voters in November, 2022.

That is just one of the recommendations of the CA Future of Abortion Council which we support. (See https://www.cafabcouncil.org/.) Many have been enacted into law (15 in 2022 and 10 in 2023). We also supported the historic $200 million investment made in 2022 to fund reproductive healthcare.

California Law and Policy – 2024

Measures we support this year, some of them CA FAB Council proposals, include bills that would:

  • Create a pilot project to train and equip emergency departments to better treat pregnancy loss and miscarriage and manage pregnancy related emergencies.
  • Require that sex education include information about resources related to adolescent relationship abuse and intimate partner violence
  • Streamline the development of needed community clinics by exempting them from local zoning and CEQA review
  • Stem the tide of hospitals closing their maternity wards
  • Require coverage without cost-sharing for medical care and treatment received following a rape or sexual assault
  • Address rising STI rates by expanding student teen access to condoms
  • Improve access to paid family leave

A ballot measure we oppose (the Taxpayer Deception Act) would change the rules for how the state and local governments can impose taxes, jeopardizing critical programs and services.

Resources

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California Coalition For Reproductive Freedom

The California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (CCRF) is a statewide, member-led coalition of more than 40 organizations working to advance reproductive freedom for all.

CCRF supports and facilitates member-driven initiatives for the benefit of California’s diverse communities – including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, individuals who earn low incomes, youth, LGBTQ+ communities, residents of rural areas, people with disabilities – as well as those who travel to our state to access essential sexual and reproductive health and gender-affirming services and resources. 

https://www.reproductivefreedomca.org/ 

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Guttmacher Institute

The Guttmacher Institute is a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) worldwide.

https://www.guttmacher.org/

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California Abortion Alliance

The California Abortion Alliance connects legal, health, and allied communities to protect and advance access to safe, legal abortion care in California, bridging the gap between abortion law, policy, research, and service provision

https://www.abortionalliance.org/publicly-available-resources.html