Dr. Pan Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Limit Abortion Care in United States

June 24, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, state senator representing the Sacramento region and Chair of the Senate Health Committee made the following statement regarding the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizations overruling 50-years of legal precedence and federal constitutional protections to abortion health care:

“This backward decision by the Supreme Court will endanger the health and even lives of millions of American women founded on willful ignorance of the history, legal precedence and medical science of abortion care.  I am deeply concerned we have begun a new and unjust era in the United States which robs pregnant people of their dignity, control over their own bodies and the right to access abortion health care. Additionally, reactionary justices have signaled a desire to further overturn other legal precedence to remove additional rights from Americans to advance their political ideologies over our freedom and well-being.

As a physician, I know that abortion care is health care, and I will not stop fighting for the rights of all to access abortion care in California and the United States. In 2010, I first ran for the California legislature on women’s reproductive rights including access to abortion, and I was the only Democrat to take a Republican district in any state or federal race that election. Health care, including abortion care, must be a private decision between a patient and her doctor.

We can all do our part to stand up for justice by marching in solidarity with those standing up for abortion health care, and by voting. This November, all Californians will have the opportunity to vote to enact a constitutional amendment to enshrine the right to abortion health care in the great State of California. I am proud to have voted to place this amendment on the ballot, and I ask voters to pass the critical amendment so abortion rights are secure.”