Contact elected officials
A state law may be passed by either a direct vote of the people or by the California legislature, which is composed of the assembly and state senate.
California is divided into 40 state senate districts and 80 state assembly districts and each district has an elected representative. To find out who your state assembly and state senate representatives are, visit the legislature’s Find Your Rep page. (Then save their info in your contacts so you can easily call them!)
You have the power to vote for your representatives or their opponents every election, so your state senator and assemblyman will consider your opinion. Let your representatives know if you have strong feelings about a bill.
It’s also important to track your city council, school board, and county board of supervisors. They have the power to allow new abortion facilities to open in your neighborhoods and allow pro-abortion representatives into the schools. You can find contact information for these elected officials on your city, school district, and county websites.
You can visit your representatives’ offices, write them letters, call them, or email them. The representatives recognize how much effort you put into contacting them, so an in-person visit is worth the most, while an email is worth the least - but it is worth more than no contact at all.
If you call a state representative about a bill, the phone will be answered by a staff person and you need only say, “Hello, I’m calling to ask the senator [or assemblyman] to vote no on [bill number].” The staff person may ask a few questions and will then thank you for your call. That’s it, but your position will be noted and tallied.
Members of the state assembly and state senate introduce bills that they would like to make laws. If an assemblyman introduces a bill, it must be voted on and passed by various assembly committees before the whole assembly votes on it. If it is passed, the bill is then passed over to the state senate, where it again must be voted on and passed by various committees before being voted on by the whole senate. If it passes the senate, then it becomes law, unless the governor vetoes it.
If a bill is introduced in the senate, it starts with the senate committees and the senate floor vote before being passed to the assembly committees and assembly floor vote.
Some of the pro-abortion bills passed by the legislature during the 2022 legislative session:
(The letters “AB” or “SB” at the beginning of a bill’s name simply refer to whether it started in the assembly or senate: assembly bill or senate bill.)
SB 1142 - would give grants to organizations that pay for abortions and cover travel costs for women traveling for abortions
SB 1245 - pays to expand the abortion industry in Los Angeles County, including building new abortion clinics and spreading pro-abortion propaganda
SB 1375 - lowers abortion safety standards
AB 657 - would require state medical boards to expedite the approval of licenses for those who will perform abortions
AB 1242 - would prohibit law enforcement officers from aiding in the enforcement of other states' abortion restrictions
AB 1918 - establishes an abortion “corps” and gives scholarships and stipends to medical students who agree to serve in the corps
AB 2091 - changes laws concerning subpoenas to shield those who aid in illegal abortions
AB 2134 - requires churches and other employers that do not provide insurance coverage to advertise state-funded abortions to their employees
AB 2223 - gives legal immunity to mothers and anyone who assists them in killing their babies at any point in pregnancy, thereby removing all safety standards and allowing anyone to perform an abortion anywhere by any means, and prevents criminal investigations of babies' deaths
AB 2586 - establishes a grant program to target minority populations with abortion
If you would like to see the status of a bill, visit the site for California legislation information.
If you would like to submit a letter of opposition or support for a bill, visit the California Legislature Position Letter Portal.
If you would like to call into a hearing on a bill to voice your position or to just to listen, visit the California State Assembly or California State Senate website, go to the committees tab, find the committee that is holding the hearing, and follow the instructions to comment during the hearing. (As of May 2022, the State Senate had a “teleconference” button on its homepage to streamline the call-in process.) Some committee hearings only accommodate in-person comments. You may visit the capitol in Sacramento and attend the hearing in person.
You can read more about how a bill becomes law at the state senate’s Legislative Process webpage.