The Supreme Court’s decision to federally overturn Roe V. Wade has eliminated a person’s constitutional right to abortion and reversed 50 years of federal abortion protection. States now have flexibility in deciding whether to allow, limit or ban abortions and vital reproductive health. In the 2022 mid-term election voters passing this proposition strengthens California’s infrastructure as a reproductive freedom state for all.
If passed, Proposition 1 would amend California’s Constitution to expressly include an individual’s fundamental rights to reproductive autonomy. This would solidify that the state cannot deny or interfere with a person’s right to choose and access reproductive healthcare. This amendment does not narrow or limit the existing rights to privacy and equal protection under the California Constitution. A YES on Proposition 1 will support racial equity efforts.
The Supreme Court’s decision to federally overturn Roe V. Wade eliminated the constitutional right to abortion and has threatened our progress toward racial equity while reinforcing systemic racism and white supremacy in the United States. People with resources and power will always be able to access abortion and other health care services. The lack of federal protection of the right to an abortion disproportionately impacts Black and brown women, low-income communities, Transgender and Queer folks.
What Your Vote Means
- VOTING YES: A YES vote on this measure means: The California Constitution would be changed to expressly include existing rights to reproductive freedom—such as the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion and use contraceptives.
- VOTING NO: A NO vote will leave Californians vulnerable to political shifts that could lead to limiting reproductive autonomy.
If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to advance racial equity you can visit our community leaders: Black Women for Wellness