SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters may get an opportunity so as to add abortion protections to the state’s structure this fall.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and high legislative leaders dedicated Monday to placing an modification on the November poll that might “enshrine the best to decide on” in California.
Their feedback got here hours after Politico printed a draft opinion from the court docket that exposed a majority of the 9 justices wish to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that stopped state governments from banning abortion.
If the court docket overturns Roe v. Wade, not less than 26 states are more likely to both additional prohibit abortion entry or ban it outright, in keeping with the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights advocacy group.
California will not be one among them. As a substitute, Newsom has pledged to make California a sanctuary for folks to come back and get abortions. State legislative leaders have endorsed 13 payments to take action, together with proposals that might doubtlessly use taxpayer cash to pay for folks from different states to come back to California for abortions.
Monday evening, Newsom and legislative leaders added one other proposal to their record: an modification to the state structure. They offered no additional particulars, aside from saying it will protect the best to decide on.
“We all know we won’t belief the Supreme Court docket to guard reproductive rights, so California will construct a firewall round this proper in our state structure,” Newsom, Meeting Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Professional Tempore Toni Atkins stated in a joint assertion. “Ladies will stay protected right here.”
If profitable, the modification would not change a lot in California, the place a majority of lawmakers have repeatedly demonstrated their dedication to holding abortion authorized and accessible. However it will make it a lot more durable for future lawmakers to repeal these protections.
Newsom’s workplace stated its aim is to place the modification on the poll this November, although lawmakers must act rapidly to make that occur. They need to vote on it earlier than the tip of June to offer state officers sufficient time to print the ballots.
It takes a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to place a constitutional modification on the poll. That should not be an issue in California’s Legislature. Democrats management so many seats they may muster the mandatory votes with out counting on Republicans.