Supporters say overthrowing Roe would disproportionately affect people of color

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Some California Democrats are sounding the alarm about how the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion could affect people of color.

“Make no mistake about it – This is an attack on people of color that we are facing right now,” said Assemblywoman Mia Bonta, D-Oakland.

The California Women’s Legislative Caucus and advocates for people of color have urged state leaders to move forward and faster with proposed abortion rights efforts at the State Capitol.

The group noted that women of color across the country would be disproportionately affected if the Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Toppling Roe is not going to stop abortions. This will lead to more “back alley” abortions; it will lead to more complications. This is going to lead to more deaths, but those deaths will be for women who look like me,” said Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens.

California’s Democrat-led legislature and governor are working to make the state an abortion destination with more than a dozen bills. The proposals would increase resources, access and protections for those who perform and need abortions.

Attorney General Rob Bonta pledged to protect the proceedings.

“I will use the full force of the law and the full authority of my office to protect a woman’s right to choose,” Bonta said.

Some Republican lawmakers in the state have said California Democrats are politicizing the issue, noting that California already has some of the toughest abortion laws in the country.

“If this leaked Supreme Court opinion were to in fact become final, it would literally have no impact in this area. California’s laws are among the most expansive in the country, yet the governor and members of the legislature are using them to fan the flames of partisan division,” said Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, R-Rocklin .

Democrats and abortion rights advocates disagree. They want to enshrine a woman’s right to choose in the state constitution, which must be passed by the legislature by June 30 to stand before voters in November.

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California Planned Parenthood CEO Jodi Hicks is part of the group crafting the language for the constitutional amendment, which is still in the works.

“If we haven’t learned anything from the project that has been leaked, it’s that 50 years of previous and established law and the right to privacy is not enough, so we’re making sure we’re doing everything we can about it. California to be really explicit about what people’s rights are,” Hicks said.

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