Senator Lena Gonzalez Issues Statement Following Draft SCOTUS Opinion to Overturn Abortion Rights

May 03, 2022

Sacramento, Calif. – On May 3, 2022 Senator Lena A. Gonzalez (D-Long Beach)  released the below statement following news reports detailing an initial draft U.S. Supreme Court majority opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade and end federal constitutional protections for the right to abortion:

“I am deeply disappointed and horrified to see our nation moving backward as it relates to Reproductive Rights. Our nation should support everybody’s dignity and ability to determine their own futures—denying access to abortion care means denying reproductive freedom and does not align with our nation’s values. I am pleased to see State leadership asserting that California will not stand by idly as this regressive action and glaring injustice unfolds, and now more than ever, I remain committed to advancing equitable access to safe, affordable abortion care in California. My recently enacted legislation SB 245 - The Abortion Accessibility Act furthers these goals by removing cost barriers to accessing abortion care and is the type of policy we must continue to advocate for and expand on in our State.”

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Senator Gonzalez represents the 33rd Senate District, which includes the City of Long Beach and portions of South Los Angeles and Southeast Los Angeles including the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lakewood, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, Signal Hill, and South Gate. Senator Gonzalez lives in Long Beach with her husband Adam and three sons.