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SR-6 (2021-2022)

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Enrolled  April 20, 2021
Passed  IN  Senate  April 19, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  April 05, 2021


Senate Resolution
No. 6

Introduced by Senator Skinner

January 28, 2021

Relative to reproductive health.


SR 6, Skinner.

WHEREAS, January 22, 2021, marks the 48th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade (1973) 410 U.S. 113, which affirmed that every person has the fundamental right to control their own reproductive decisions and that every person who becomes pregnant has the right to decide whether to continue that pregnancy or obtain an abortion; and
WHEREAS, The occasion is deserving of acknowledgment; and
WHEREAS, Roe v. Wade has been the cornerstone of reproductive freedom for all, allowing every person who can become pregnant in the United States the right to decide when, if, and with whom to have children, and how many children to have, and has helped facilitate equal economic and societal participation in the United States; and
WHEREAS, In the years prior to the Roe v. Wade decision, illegal abortion accounted for approximately 17 percent of all reported deaths attributable to pregnancy and childbirth, and many pregnant persons were severely injured as a result of “back alley” abortion procedures; and
WHEREAS, Interference with the right to choose whether to carry a pregnancy to term causes people to be forced into illegal and dangerous abortions, as they often were in the United States before the Roe v. Wade decision. Many people are forced to make these decisions today in countries where abortion is illegal and where the unsafe methods of illegal abortion lead to 13 percent of global maternal deaths annually, or eight maternal deaths every hour; and
WHEREAS, Roe v. Wade continues to protect the health and freedom of people who can become pregnant throughout the United States. National peer-reviewed studies show abortion is a safe medical procedure, increasingly provided through outpatient medication, that nearly one in four people who can become pregnant in the United States will access; and
WHEREAS, Roe v. Wade is believed to be in serious jeopardy of being overturned or further eroded due to President Donald J. Trump’s appointment of new justices to the United States Supreme Court who have a record of being hostile to the constitutional right to choose; and
WHEREAS, States are passing legislation that creates barriers to abortion that could be considered by the Supreme Court of the United States; and
WHEREAS, Providers of sexual and reproductive health care are still under serious, unrelenting attack for providing essential information and services, such as abortion, as evidenced by bomb threats, arson, and vandalism in California. Nationally, from 2018 to 2019 alone, death threats against abortion providers nearly doubled, incidents of clinic invasion doubled, and bomb threats nearly tripled; and
WHEREAS, The State of California stands in strong support of the fundamental right, as confirmed in Roe v. Wade, of every person who can become pregnant to make their own decisions regarding pregnancy and commits to boldly advance access to sexual and reproductive health care within our state; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate urges the President of the United States and the United States Congress to express their support for every person’s fundamental right to control their own reproductive decisions, as well as their support for access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including the services provided by Planned Parenthood; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to the Majority Leader of the Senate, to each Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the United States, and to the author for appropriate distribution.