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By Gilda Gonzales, CEO/President of Planned Parenthood Northern California
Published Sept 28, 2021

While Texas and other states continue to strip women of their fundamental reproductive rights, we are proud to share that California is working hard to defend and expand access to reproductive healthcare. On Wednesday, September 22, Governor Newsom signed a package of bills protecting and expanding access to sexual and reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood’s two sponsored bills, AB 1184 and AB 1356, were among the bills signed. Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon joined in the announcement as Governor Newsom declared California to be a "reproductive freedom state." 
 
In addition to the bill signing, the Governor joined by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC), ACCESS REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE, Black Women for Wellness Action Project, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and National Health LAW Program (NHeLP) announced the "California Future Abortion Council- CA FAB Council." The CA FAB Council will be comprised of reproductive freedom and sexual and reproductive health care allies, partners, and leaders. The CA FAB Council will collaborate with all stakeholders and key constituents to determine potential state challenges, recommending solutions that will continue to provide stability and sanctuary for Californians and those from out of state who seek services in CA. The CA FAB Council will create opportunities for those dedicated to advancing rights and expanding access by outlining California's next steps.  
 
We thank both Governor Newsom and our committed coalition partners for standing with Planned Parenthood and defending people’s fundamental right to choose what is best for them and their families. We are also grateful for the protection of essential staff that tirelessly provide quality health care to all who enter our doors. 
 
As sexual and reproductive health care attacks continue, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for upcoming activities and ways to get involved. We can’t do this without you.