Seal of the Governor and photo of Gavin Newsom courtesy of the Office of the Governor of the State of California.

Following draft SCOTUS opinion, legislative leaders and Governor Newsom announce constitutional amendment to enshrine the right to choose in California

Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Governor Gavin Newsom released the below statement following news reports detailing a preliminary U.S. Supreme Court majority draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade and end federal constitutional protections for the right to abortion:

“California will not stand idly by as women across America are stripped of their rights and the progress so many have fought for gets erased. We will fight. California is proposing an amendment to enshrine the right to choose in our state constitution so that there is no doubt as to the right to abortion in this state. We know we can’t trust the Supreme Court to protect reproductive rights, so California will build a firewall around this right in our state constitution. Women will remain protected here.”

This article was released by the California Governor’s Office.


  1. Republicans leaked it to draw attention away from the January 6th investigation. The outrage about the leak is just to distract from what our courts are really being used for, first to nullify past court rulings… precedent, what precedent!! second to overturn legislation that the conservative minority may not like, just find a judge and court, the Supreme Court if necessary, to make a law approved by our elected representatives vanish.

  2. Soon there will be pro-life states and pro-death states. Unfortunately, California will be one of the death states.

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