Attorney General Bonta Reaffirms Commitment to Protecting Reproductive Rights | State of California – Department of Justice

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Announcing upcoming meetings with reproductive justice advocates across the state

OAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today reaffirmed California’s commitment to protecting reproductive rights in the face of unprecedented threats to safe and legal abortion. Over the next few weeks, Attorney General Bonta will meet with reproductive health advocates across California to help ensure Californians know their rights and protections under state law, and how to access reproductive health care. reproductive health. Despite attacks on reproductive rights by states seeking to roll back our nation’s right to choose, abortion remains a legally protected right, especially in California.

“California values ​​and protects reproductive rights, freedom, and justice,” said Attorney General Bonta. “My office will continue our fight to preserve and protect access to reproductive health care. Our position has been clear from the start: Roe vs. Wade has been the law of the land for half a century and it must be respected. Millions of individuals over several generations have relied on the constitutional guarantee recognized in Roe vs. Wade, which allows individuals to make the deeply personal decision whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term. We will not back down – California law protects reproductive freedom, including safe and legal abortion. As our state’s law enforcement official, I will use the full force of the law to defend the reproductive rights of Californians. Reproductive freedom is non-negotiable and we will continue to fight for it.

Attorney General Bonta has made protecting reproductive rights a top priority:

  • In February 2022, Attorney General Bonta took steps to ensure that reproductive health care, which is guaranteed by law, is provided to those incarcerated.
  • In January 2022, Attorney General Bonta issued a legal alert to all California district attorneys, police chiefs, and sheriffs stating that California Penal Code Section 187 was intended to hold accountable those who harm pregnant women. , resulting in miscarriage or stillbirth, not to punish people who suffer the loss of their pregnancy. In April 2022, Attorney General Bonta further urged other state attorneys general to review their laws and issue similar alerts if necessary.
  • In December 2021, Attorney General Bonta led a coalition of state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief supporting a challenge to an Arizona “reason ban” that prohibits abortion when requested in due to the presence of a fetal anomaly.
  • In November 2021, Attorney General Bonta joined a coalition of 20 state attorneys general to file an amicus brief urging the court to suspend certain regulations passed in Indiana that restrict abortion access, arguing that several provisions of state law place an undue burden on the ability of individuals to exercise their constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy before they are viable.
  • In October 2021, Attorney General Bonta took action against Senate Bill 8 – the unconstitutional ban on abortion in Texas – by joining an amicus brief in support of law challengers and by urging the United States Supreme Court to restore an injunction barring enforcement.
  • In September 2021, Attorney General Bonta led a multi-state amicus brief, filed in United States Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationregarding Mississippi’s ban on pre-viability abortions.
  • In September 2021, Attorney General Bonta joined a multi-state coalition to file an amicus brief in Family Planning v. Wilson – a case challenging the unconstitutional ban on abortion in South Carolina.
  • In July 2021, Attorney General Bonta co-led a coalition of state attorneys general in submitting a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services supporting their cancellation of the Trump administration’s separate abortion billing rule in 2019 which violated Section 1303 of Affordable Care. Law.
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