AB 1666 would protect Californians from civil liability for providing or obtaining abortion care.
Sacramento CA – Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s bill AB 1666 passed off the Senate floor to head directly to Governor Newsom’s desk. AB 1666 protects those in California from civil liability for providing, aiding, or receiving abortion care. The bill has an urgency clause, so the protections will go into effect immediately should the Governor sign it.
“Twenty-six million women nationwide are already facing near-total abortion bans, and the US Supreme Court has abandoned its duty to ensure their equal rights,” said Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan. “Extremist laws from anti-choice states are putting California and its providers in danger. AB 1666 creates a strong legal shield to ensure abortion care stays legal in our state.”
AB 1666 declares that any legal action brought against the right to reproductive choice is against the public policy of California, and therefore will not be enforced by California courts. The right to an abortion is enforced in California law. Because the Supreme Court is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade, laws like AB 1666 will be the primary bulwark to protect abortion rights. AB 1666 makes it possible for California to protect providers and patients in the face of an onslaught of reactionary and restrictive policies being enacted across the nation.
“These precautions and protections are a key first step as California prepares for a post-Roe world, and unfortunately necessary given the increased hostility and frequency of abortion bans in other states seeking to target patients and providers,” said Molly Robson, Legislative Director for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. “Taking this action now is crucial and we applaud the California Legislature for taking swift action on this legislation.”
AB 1666 is part of a suite of bills from the California Future