California Proposition 1 would enshrine abortion and contraceptive rights in the state constitution

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — California will enact seven voting measures this fall, asking voters to speak out on a variety of issues, including abortion.

Proposal 1, put on the ballot by the state legislature, urges voters to amend the state constitution to guarantee abortion and contraceptive rights.

While many states have moved to restrict abortion after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade, California is imposing on voters a measure that would make it a fundamental state law.

California is governed by Democrats who support abortion rights, so the laws here aren’t going to change any time soon. But California’s right to abortion is based on a right to privacy in the state constitution. The US Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Noting that the right to privacy does not guarantee the right to an abortion, Wade worried advocates that state abortion laws could be vulnerable in state courts.

Proposal 1 would leave little doubt that abortion is legal in California.

There are still questions about who is protected and how much it might cost. Because California provides a safe haven for people traveling to the state for an abortion, and because the proposal is broad, the technical interpretations would likely be left to the courts.

Prop. 1 has support from Gov. Gavin Newsom, the California Democratic Party, and many abortion rights groups including Planned Parenthood.

Opponents include many pro-life organizations, faith groups, and the California Republican Party.

Catherine Hadro, a spokeswoman for the No on Prop. 1 campaign, called the move an overreaction to a “non-issue.”

“It’s unnecessary because we all know that abortion is and will remain legal in California,” Hadro said.

But Planned Parenthood’s Celinda Vazquez, who has always known of an America with basic abortion rights, sees the move as necessary.

“My daughter, who just turned 10, does not enjoy the current protections of the federal constitution,” she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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