California voters to decide whether to strengthen state's abortion law

California voters will decide whether to reinforce the state's abortion protections under Proposition 1, a measure that is expected to drive voters to the polls this November.

And that was the whole point, opponents say. The state's Democratic-controlled Legislature placed Proposition 1 on the ballot in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s

decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, with lawmakers arguing that the ruling made it clear Californians need a safety net for their own reproductive rights. The meagerly-funded

opposition campaign argues that the measure is simply a ploy by Democratic lawmakers to latch onto a hot-button issue that will motivate liberal voters still reeling from the

ruling. If the measure passes, the state's Constitution would explicitly say that California can't deny or interfere with a person's reproductive decisions, including "their

fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives." The measure, which has a significant lead in a recent

opinion poll, follows a tidal wave of politically polarized reactions across the country, as conservative states have instituted abortion bans and liberal states have pushed to

increase access. Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign more than a dozen abortion bills passed by the Legislature this year after including $200 million in the state budget to

expand reproductive services, including for out-of-state residents now unable to obtain reproductive care.