LEGISLATION & PUBLIC POLICY - Carol Burkhart, Chair
I’m not saying I’m lazy, but I don’t believe in reinventing the wheel.
One of the best resources from GFWC is the LEGISLATIVE ACTION CENTER. With just a few clicks on your computer, you can obtain vast amounts of information regarding the legislative actions GFWC/CFWC support. We have a strong voice for change. If you are not using one of the easiest tools that GFWC has provided, you are missing some important information. So, if you have not signed up for LAC, do so today. By adding your address and phone number, your Legislator’s contact will appear along with sample letters to send in support of legislature that aligns with GFWC resolutions.
It is August and most of our California clubs are getting back to work. In November we will have a general election. On the ballot will be seven propositions. During the next few weeks, I will include information about each of these propositions in Quick Bytes. This information will not suggest how you vote; that is your decision, but hopefully this will better inform you and your club members about the propositions. Many members will want to do more research into each proposition.
PROPOSITION 1: California legislators have been trying to protect the right to reproductive freedom and privacy, including the choice to have an abortion or use contraceptives. This ballot measure puts that question to the voters. No official support or opposition committees have been announced.
IMPACT: This measure will add language protecting abortion rights to California’s constitution, as the Supreme Court’s decision allowed states to set their own restrictions. Nearly two dozen states have laws that ban or restrict abortions, with more expected after Roe’s official overturning, and California has been preparing for the influx of out-of-state patients seeking abortions.