Statement from Senator Anna M. Caballero (D-Merced) Posted June 28, 2022
Caballero (D-Merced) released a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizations, overruling the federal constitutional protections regarding the right to abortion:
“It is an alarming and sad day for our country. The United States Supreme Court has issued a ruling that takes away the fundamental rights of women and people to make their own health care decisions. The right to an abortion has been settled law for fifty years, and women’s lives have been better for it. The decision to have an abortion can be a difficult, heart-wrenching choice, and one not made lightly—but with the advice of medical personnel and trusted friends and family. The government should have no right to interfere or intervene. It is a personal, constitutional right.
Let us be clear, the decision made today does not end abortion. The wealthy will travel abroad to get their abortions as they always have and the poor, who have limited resources will have no choice but to seek unsafe, unsanitary and dangerous procedures. This cannot be tolerated.
In California, the State Legislature and I stand in support of ALL who need a safe and legal harbor to navigate difficult decisions and who need options from which to choose. We will be a beacon of hope for reproductive justice. That is also, why I have authored Senate Bill 1142 to help support those seeking care, and many of my legislative colleagues are doing the same. I call on other states in our nation to step up and send a clear message that we will not allow the U.S Supreme Court to trample and destroy our democracy. We will fight back, protect our constitutional rights and provide for those who seek care.”