Proposition 1 Path to the Ballot
In California, individuals and organizations may sponsor ballot propositions through a specific process allowing California citizens to propose laws and constitutional amendments. However, the Legislature may also place initiatives on the ballot for the voters to decide, if passed by two-thirds of both houses. These are legislatively referred to as state statutes or constitutional amendments, and was the case with Senate Constitution Amendment 10 (SCA 10).
Because it appeared the U.S. Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade with the Dobbs decision, and subsequently it did, Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) introduced SCA 10 to enshrine the “right” to abortion with no limitations in the California Constitution.
Its simple language added to Article 1 of the state constitution is:
The state shall not deny or interfere with an individual’s reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions, which includes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives. This section is intended to further the constitutional right to privacy guaranteed by Section 1, and the constitutional right to not be denied equal protection guaranteed by Section 7. Nothing herein narrows or limits the right to privacy or equal protection.
Of course, no one is questioning contraception, but the authors presumably included it with abortion, and additionally labeled both as “reproductive freedom” to enhance the amendment’s success.
Once SCA 10 passed both houses—the Senate and Assembly by more than two-thirds of its members—it was changed to a proposition and is now included on our November ballot.
The California Constitution declares that defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy are inalienable rights, and that a person may not be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law or equal protection of the laws.
A helpless baby in the womb about to be born needs our protection…we are to defend life so each child can pursue and obtain that same safety and happiness afforded all California citizens, and they are NOT to be deprived of life; and that is straight out of our California Constitution. Basically, if Proposition 1 is passed, our Constitution will then be changed to allow abortion (murder) of a baby up to a moment they are about to be born….please think about that!
Please join us in voting NO on Proposition 1
- If passed, the “Reproductive Freedom” Constitutional Amendment will prevent future legislatures or the people from enacting:
○ Parental consent or notification laws;
○ Meaningful informed consent laws that, in particular, inform women of the life that they are carrying.
○ Laws protecting fathers’ rights.
● This proposed Constitutional Amendment will continue abortion’s disproportionate impact on black, Hispanic and disabled communities, thereby jeopardizing the future of these groups.
- Importantly, this proposed Constitutional Amendmentcan only be changed if another constitutional amendment is voted on by the people.