The Ramifications of Passing California’s Fake Abortion Amendment

The Ramifications of Passing California’s Fake Abortion Amendment

Proposition 1 has been approved by 65% of California voters, almost 3.5 million people. Ironically, Prop 1 was the biggest fraud perpetrated on Californians by pro-abort forces, a true “bait and switch,” proving the political power of the word “abortion” on the ballot.

Peddled as a women’s health protection measure to enshrine Roe v. Wade era abortion laws, proponents falsely claims Prop 1 was necessary to protect a woman’s right to abortion.  That was fake. Existing California statutory law and state supreme court decisions have long ago declared abortion to be a fundamental state right.  Nevertheless, proponents utilized the word “abortion” to convince voters to add vague and undefined terminology “reproductive freedom” into our state constitution.

Pro-life opponents by and large took the bait, focusing almost exclusively on abortion, and failed to examine the meaning and scope of an undefined individual right to “reproductive freedom.” 

What is the meaning of this “reproductive freedom?”  

There is none. Prop 1 does not define the term. Neither courts nor the state legislature have defined the term. No one knows. Proponents of Prop 1 admit they do not know what this vague, overbroad language will do. And even the California Legislative Analyst’ Office admits that it is unclear “whether a court might interpret the proposition to expand reproductive rights beyond existing [abortion] law.”

Prop 1 amends the California state constitution to say: “The state shall not deny or interfere with an individual’s reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions….” The ramifications of this vague, undefined new “right” to “reproductive freedom” are staggering.

Prop 1 is about MUCH MORE than abortion. In typical Orwelian phraseology, Prop 1 uses the undefined term “reproductive freedom.” That is deliberate. It sounds so nice – who doesn’t want “freedom” to reproduce?  The language suggests that families and women will have more “reproductive freedom” to have children. 

Not only will Prop 1 entrench California’s already expansive abortion laws, allowing late-term abortions and even infanticide, it will bar our state government from limiting ANY “reproductive freedom.”  The passage of Prop 1 may obliterate parental rights to protect children from sexual exploitation, molestation, and genital mutilation. 

Prop 1 does not define the term and does not include any restriction based on age. 

In fact, it actually prevents all state “interference” on whatever courts will decide “reproductive freedom” means. Prop 1’s vague language will empower judicial interpretation to create a brave new world of reproductive freedom, potentially stripping away parental rights to protect children from sexual abuse, overriding old-fashioned notions about morality, including prohibitions on incest, polygamy, rape, and pedophilia, possibly even requiring state-funded surrogacy, and gender transition surgeries at all ages. 

Prop 1 is a disaster for the sanctity of life in California, further alienating Californians from a governmental construct founded on Christian notions of decency and the protection of life.

Susan Swift Arnall, Esq.

Civil Rights attorney for the Unborn, Wife and Mother of 7. Member California State Bar, SAG/AFTRA.