City of Oakland | Oakland leaders hold press conference to support…
Date posted: August 29, 2022 at 9:14 a.m.
Last update: August 29, 2022 at 10:37 am
Oakland, California — Join Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan, Council Chair Nikki Fortunato Bas, Pro Tempore Council Chair Sheng Thao, Fife Council Member, Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America on August 30, 2022, at 9 a.m. for a press conference pleading for the adoption of their resolution declaring Oakland Support for California Proposition 1 — Amendment on the right to freedom of procreation.
Proposition 1, if passed by voters in the November 8, 2022 general election, would amend the California Constitution to expressly provide that the State of California shall not deny or interfere with any individual’s reproductive freedom, including her basic right to choose to have an abortion and their basic right to choose or refuse contraceptives.
Since the shocking Supreme Court ruling on June 24, 2022, which overturned federal constitutional protection of the right to abortion, more than 20 states have restricted access to abortion, imposing criminal penalties on those who suffer or perform an abortion and, in some cases, imposing civil offenses against anyone who aids or abets a person to have an abortion.
Oakland pushed back against these regressive policies by passing CMS Resolution No. 89201, which declared Oakland a Right to Choose Sanctuary City. Now, the sponsors of the Oakland Resolution Making Oakland a Choice Sanctuary City are calling on their council colleagues to once again take a strong stand in support of reproductive rights by voting in favor of Proposition 1 and calling on all California voters to vote Yes on Prop 1!
Media are invited to join the announcement. Here are the details of the press conference:
Who: Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan, Council Chair Nikki Fortunato Bas, Council Chair Pro Tem Sheng Thao, Council Member Fife, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood
Where: Oakland City Hall Steps 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza Oakland, CA
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When: August 30, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Vice Mayor Kaplan says“In May of this year, my colleagues and I took a strong stand in declaring Oakland a sanctuary city for reproductive freedom. I am honored to once again co-sponsor a resolution supporting people’s rights and access to safe and affordable reproductive health care. Prop 1 will add the right to abortion and contraception directly into the California State Constitution to ensure that people in California continue to have the power to control their own bodies and personal decisions.
Board Chair Nikki Fortunato Bas said: “As a sexual assault survivor, cis woman, mother, and ally of all trans people and people with wombs, I am proud of the vital work we have done to make Oakland a pro-choice sanctuary city and to advance the expansion of lifesaving reproductive care. In the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, we must fight back to ensure strong protections for the health and dignity of our communities. I urge everyone to support Proposition 1, to codify these protections in California, which are more important than ever.
The Fife Council Member said, “The ignominious decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn Roe v. Wade made it clear that now more than ever it is essential to codify reproductive rights at the state level. Proposition 1 will help ensure that the fundamental right to choose is explicitly protected in the California Constitution. This is an important step in the fight for bodily autonomy and access to essential health services; I hope it will be supported by all.
Chairman of the Pro Tempore Sheng Thao States Council, “With the overthrow of Roe by the radical majority of the Supreme Court. v Wade, cities like Oakland and states like California are now the last line of defense in this fight for freedom, choice and bodily autonomy – one of the most critical fights of our time. After Roe, the demand for access to abortion will not change, making cities and states like ours a destination for people seeking care that has been made illegal in their states. I was honored to lead the fight to make Oakland the first sanctuary city for abortion access in California after Roe’s repeal. Now we need to do the same for our state and pass Proposition 1 in November. It is also extremely important for us to unequivocally elect pro-choice candidates at all office levels in this election. The stakes are simply too high.
“We are encouraged and grateful to our City Champions of Oakland for acting now to ensure abortions remain safe and legal in California. Prop 1 will add the right to abortion directly into the State Constitution of California to ensure that in California people continue to have the power to control their own bodies and personal decisions,” Candelaria Vargas, Director of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
“As anti-choice extremists across the country continue to escalate their attacks on abortion access, California is leading the way to ensure that everyone, no matter who they are or where they live, has the freedom to decide, said Shannon Olivieri Hovis, director of NARAL Pro-Choice California. “NARAL and our more than 370,000 members statewide are proud to work alongside Oakland leaders on behalf of the Prop 1 campaign to ensure the promise of reproductive freedom is secured for generations to come.”