Governors from California, Oregon and Washington Sign Joint Letter Urging States to Enact Laws to Protect Reproductive Freedom


California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee sign joint letter calling on other states to strengthen reproductive health laws

California Governor Gavin Newsom signs proclamation on reproductive health

SACRAMENTO – In response to the extreme escalation of attacks on reproductive choice and health across the country, the governors of California, Oregon and Washington released a joint letter today urging states to review their laws and enact their own protections – in statute and in state constitutions – to defend Americans’ reproductive freedom.

A digital version of the letter can be found here.

“In the absence of federal leadership on this issue, states must step up and put in place their own protections – both in statute and in their state constitutions, and through the expansion of family planning and education – to defend every American’s right to reproductive freedom,” write California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee. “Roe is settled law, but newly enacted and clearly unconstitutional laws in a handful of states compel our states to act now to reaffirm longstanding commitments to safeguard the fundamental rights of women.”

Governor Gavin Newsom also signed today a Proclamation on Reproductive Freedom, reaffirming California’s commitment to protecting women’s reproductive choices, educating Californians about their rights to reproductive freedom, welcoming women to California to fully exercise their reproductive rights and acting as a model for other states that want to ensure full reproductive freedom for women.

“California stands proudly with Oregon and Washington in urging states across the country to strengthen their laws and services upholding women’s equality and liberty by protecting their reproductive freedom,” said Governor Newsom.

The text of the Proclamation on Reproductive Freedom can be found here.