|For Immediate Release: December 6, 2019
NARAL Pro-Choice California today announced its endorsement of the following first-term Democratic state legislators in their re-election bids: Assemblymembers Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Buffy Wicks, Tasha Boerner Horvath, and Cottie Petrie-Norris and Senator Lena Gonzalez. All five of these women have proven themselves to be strong champions for reproductive freedom in California, not only maintaining stellar pro-choice voting records, but authoring and co-authoring legislation to ensure women and pregnant people have access to the full range of reproductive healthcare and are able to make their own decisions about pregnancy, with those they love and trust.
“As anti-choice extremists across the country push an unprecedented wave of abortion bans, California continues to serve as a beacon of hope for reproductive freedom,” said NARAL Pro-Choice California Director Shannon Hovis. “We’re proud to endorse this impressive group of pro-choice Democratic legislators who have and will continue to fight to defend and expand the right to access abortion. These women ran, and won, campaigns centered on issues of reproductive freedom and gender equality, and as legislators they consistently put these values into practice. In order for California to stay on the forefront of this issue, we need pro-choice champions like these women who will unapologetically fight to ensure that reproductive freedom is a reality for all.”
Assemblymember Buffy Wicks authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 110 to clearly declare California’s commitment to protecting reproductive freedom and co-authored NARAL-sponsored SB 24, the College Student Right to Access Act, and AB 1764, the NARAL-supported bill to establish a fund to compensate survivors of forced sterilization in California. Wicks also shared her personal abortion story on the Assembly floor on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan unseated a Republican with a mixed voting record on reproductive rights in 2018. In her first year in office, she created California’s first-ever legislative Select Committee on Reproductive Health, which is investigating the consequences of the Title X gag rule, the cost of healthcare refusals and fake clinics to people across California, and access and equity issues in California’s reproductive healthcare systems. She joined Asm. Wicks in authoring Assembly Concurrent Resolution 110 and in co-authoring AB 1764, the NARAL-supported bill to establish a fund to compensate survivors who were involuntarily sterilized in California.
Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath ran her 2018 campaign on issues of reproductive freedom to fill a vacancy previously held by an anti-choice Republican. She co-authored the NARAL-supported bill authored by Assemblymember Petrie-Norris making it easier for Californians to access contraception through telehealth and co-authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 110.
Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris, running on a strong platform for reproductive freedom, unseated an anti-choice Republican in 2018. She authored AB 1264, the NARAL-supported bill making it easier for Californians to access contraception through telehealth and co-authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 110.
Senator Lena Gonzalez was elected to the Senate in a special election in June 2019. In her first few months in the legislature, she has proven that she will be a champion for reproductive freedom for all Californians.