Democrats rally in Long Beach for Proposition 1 abortion rights measure

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California’s top Democrats met in Long Beach Sunday morning to urge voters to support Proposition 1, a state constitutional amendment that would prevent the state from adopting measures limiting access to abortion or birth control.

Governor Gavin Newsom told a raucous meeting at Long Beach City College that the fight is part of a wider struggle across the state and across the country to protect not only “reproductive freedom” but other rights, including voting and free speech. preserve.

“This is our chance to send a powerful message back to people across America that we stand behind them,” Newsom said. “That it’s not just about 40 million of us in California; that we have their backs. We believe in reproductive freedom. We believe in a woman’s right to choose. We believe in these fundamental freedoms and we are not going to take this moment for granted.”

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Newsom cited a report from the American Library Assn. stating that efforts to ban books nationwide had peaked by 2022, with a total of 1,651 individual titles targeted as of mid-September, with more than three months remaining. to go in the year.

“You can’t make that up,” Newsom said, noting that some of the authors and subjects challenged were Maya Angelou, Nelson Mandela, Cesar Chavez, and Mahatma Gandhi, as well as “books that celebrate all of our interesting differences.” He concluded: “We need to wake up to what is going on in America!”

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Newsom was joined at the event by US Senator Alex Padilla, Atty. Gene. Rob Bonta, Secretary of State Shirley Weber, Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) and a host of other Democrats.

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California President and CEO Jodi Hicks said California’s aggressive action in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in which Roe vs. Wade was destroyed, had a real impact on residents and women from other states. She said the $200 million state spending will help “ensure people can get the reproductive health care — including abortion, including birth control — they need no matter where they call home.”

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Party leaders have used Proposition 1 as a way to guarantee abortion rights, confirming protections already enshrined in state law and by the California Supreme Court. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade, the landmark ruling that established a constitutional right to abortion in the US in 1973.

Opponents have argued that Prop. 1 is not clear enough about restrictions on late abortions and also that the measure is unnecessary because of the past actions of the legislature and the state Supreme Court. Some proponents of a ‘no’ vote argue Prop. 1 as a measure to encourage Democratic voters to vote in the election, which ends Tuesday with a personal vote.