Protecting a woman’s right to choose in California

August 22, 2022

A political campaign is often characterized as a marathon, but at a certain point in every marathon you start sprinting. I’ve certainly enjoyed the marathon portion, but I find I’m even more energized and excited now that the sprint has begun!

If we meet on the campaign trail, you may notice that I’m really enjoying these last few weeks of the race, and much of my enthusiasm is fueled by your support.Fortifying California’s right to choose

Here in California, the right to an abortion is guaranteed by our constitution’s right of privacy. But after the United States Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision striking down Roe v. Wade, legal experts are worried that the ruling could threaten the right to an abortion, even in California.

That’s why the California Future of Abortion Council has sponsored 16 pieces of legislation (see graphic below) to protect a woman’s right to choose, including Proposition 1, which would amend our California Constitution to specifically guarantee a woman’s right to choose and the right to use contraception.

So you’d think that Proposition 1 would be easy to support, right?

But three weeks ago, I challenged my Republican opponent to explicitly state his position on Proposition 1. He won’t do it.

It’s very concerning that he won’t support the premise that women’s right to bodily autonomy and procreation decisions should be made by her and her own support network, instead of the government. This is one of the most important issues in this country.

Our campaign offers voters an unmistakable choice this November – a crystal-clear distinction between a candidate who’s rated 100% by Planned Parenthood and speaks forcefully in favor of a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions, or someone who offers only silence in the face of women’s rights being stripped from them.

The two bills in green boxes have already been passed and signed, and all of the remaining bills supported by the Future of Abortion Council are eligible for a floor vote! 

School days are here again!

UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla was kind enough to welcome me to the university campus, and the innovative new additions are something to see (the view from the new dorms alone is priceless)! With the addition of the new Mid-Coast Extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line trolley that goes straight to the center of the school, UCSD is poised to become an even greater asset to our state.

This time of year, students of all ages are heading back to school, including those at UC San Diego. As you may know, UCSD isn’t just about learning, it’s at the forefront of scientific advancement on many different fronts. I was amazed at all of the wonderful research and educational opportunity happening at the university in the heart of State Senate District #38!

As our region’s second-largest employer, UCSD is teaching the next generation of leaders while it significantly adds to our collective scientific knowledge. Check out this page dedicated solely to the research done on COVID-19 by the university.

I’m committed to making sure that students in every zip code of California have the opportunity to go to a world-class university like UCSD, and that means opening up more spots for in-state students and helping the university build more on-campus housing.

California anticipates a deficit of a million college graduates by 2030, so we need to get working on the problem now.

Snapshots from the campaign trail

Yesterday afternoon we had a spirited Grand Opening of our new Oceanside campaign office in partnership with San Clemente Mayor Pro Tem Chris Duncan (center, front) who’s running for Assembly in the 74th District. We were all welcomed by Oceanside Mayor Esther Sanchez (seen behind Chris and me).

It was so gratifying to meet with the many supporters who gave up precious hours on their Sunday afternoon to be with us and help us canvass the neighborhood! If you’d like to volunteer, just click here.
The recent Summer Celebration put on by our fabulous Blakespear Summer Interns in Carmel Valley was a big hit! Besides enjoying the food, drink, camaraderie and sunshine, each of them spoke eloquently and movingly to the crowd on the main issue that motivated involvement with my political campaign. Not surprisingly, climate change, gun violence, housing affordability and women’s right to choose were their topics.

Guest star Congressman Scott Peters (to my right) was hot off the plane from Washington, D.C. after he helped pass the transformative Inflation Reduction Act. I’m grateful that he made the extra effort to attend our event in order to personally recognize these promising leaders of tomorrow and support our campaign.
Each one of our summer interns has special talents and ambitions, but what they all have in common is energy, integrity and vision. We’ll miss them in our campaign, but the world is certainly a better place with these exceptional young people in it.

If you or someone you know would enjoy being an intern on our campaign, you can start here!

I know that I say this a lot, but thank you for all that you do! The idea of being able to make a real difference for you in Sacramento is what motivates me.

I hope you and your family enjoy these final, sweet days of summer!

Sprinting to victory,

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