California Dems Want Abortion To Be A Constitutional Right

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California’s Democratic legislative leaders have proposed a constitutional amendment to enshrine the right to abortion and contraceptives. The amendment announced Wednesday must get two-thirds approval in the state Assembly and Senate before June 30 to qualify for the November ballot. Four conservative states have amended their constitutions to say abortion is not a protected right. California already protects the right to an abortion in state law, but the new proposal would explicitly guarantee it in the constitution. The proposal is part of Democrats’ strategy to make California a sanctuary for pregnant people who live where abortion could be outlawed or severely restricted. The U.S. Supreme Court could issue a ruling later this month overturning federal abortion protections.