The following is an excerpt of an email sent out by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California:

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) released the following statement from President and CEO Jodi Hicks regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal for the 2022 – 2023 Fiscal Year.

“The budget put forth today by Governor Newsom is another step toward leading the nation in prioritizing sexual and reproductive health care, including access to abortion. The investments included for workforce, IT and security infrastructure, and subsidies for premiums for abortion coverage in Covered California, along with the Administration’s commitment to working with the legislature to address barriers to care, are critical to California protecting and expanding access to abortion. This budget proposal provides flexibility and opportunity for increasing access to abortion; however, these investments are only part of what we must do if California is going to continue to lead in the reproductive health, rights, and justice space.”

“We look forward to continuing our work with Governor Newsom and legislative leaders throughout the budget process to develop the details that will ultimately increase access to and affordability of abortion care – making sure California continues to build upon its status as a ‘Reproductive Freedom state’ amid extreme and dangerous restrictions being implemented around the country.”

Brandon Richards (he/him)

Director of Communications

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California | Sacramento, CA