This year, the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision—reversing a half-century of precedent that affirmed the Constitutional right of every woman to make decisions about her body, health, and family. This dangerous ruling puts the fundamental right to privacy—and the lives of millions of Americans—at risk. I am outraged at what this means for women and those who face the greatest barriers to reproductive health care: Black and Brown communities, those who live in rural areas, people who can’t afford to cross state lines for care, LGBTQ+ people, and individuals in abusive relationships who will be most impacted by this ruling.
That is why my colleagues and I immediately got to work passing critical legislation to protect women’s health freedom and their lives, including the Women’s Health Protection Act, which once again makes the protections of Roe v. Wade the law of the land. The Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act – a bill stopping partisan efforts to criminalize, fine or sue women who exercise their constitutional right to travel across state lines to obtain an abortion. The Right to Contraception Act, which guarantees the right to obtain and use birth control as established in Griswold. The Respect for Marriage Act: a bill that would enshrine the marriage equality for same sex and interracial couples guaranteed by Obergefell and Loving for the purposes of federal law.
This fight doesn't end here, and I'm committed to ensure women have equal rights and protections. Below are a few pieces of legislation I've introduced or cosponsored to advocate for women in California and across our country.