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HR-68 (2017-2018)

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House Resolution
No. 68

Introduced by Assembly Member Caballero

January 10, 2018

Relative to the Roe v. Wade Anniversary.


HR 68, as introduced, Caballero.

WHEREAS, January 22, 2018, marks the 45th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, which affirmed that every woman has a fundamental right to abortion, and is an occasion deserving of celebration; and
WHEREAS, Roe v. Wade has been the cornerstone of the ability of women to control their own bodies, allowing every woman in the United States the right to decide if, when, and with whom to have children; and
WHEREAS, Access to reproductive health care, including abortion, has facilitated and expanded women’s economic and societal participation in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Abortion is a medical procedure that nearly one in four women in the United States will access; and
WHEREAS, The State of California, home to nearly 20 million American women, has no state restrictions upon abortion accessibility, and at least 95% of women in California live in a county with an abortion provider; and
WHEREAS, Planned Parenthood health centers across California are the largest providers of safe, affordable, and medically accurate abortion services in the state; and
WHEREAS, The 2015 Reproductive FACT Act is designed to ensure that patients have timely access to medically accurate information on abortion services, which is a critical part of ensuring reproductive rights are fully realized; and
WHEREAS, In 2018, California Attorney General Becerra will defend the 2015 Reproductive FACT Act, which provides medically accurate information about abortion services first guaranteed under Roe v. Wade; and
WHEREAS, Reproductive and sexual health care, and providers like Planned Parenthood, are under serious, unrelenting attack for providing essential reproductive and sexual health care information and procedures, such as abortion; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly urges the President of the United States and the Congress of the United States to express their support for the fundamental right to abortion and bodily autonomy, as well as their support for access to comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care, including the services provided by Planned Parenthood; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly 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.