By John Ferrera
Special to the Express
Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) announced Thursday that she has joined nearly 900 state lawmakers from across California and around the country in signing an amicus brief in support of women’s right to make their own reproductive health decisions in Dobbs vs. Women’s Health Organization.
This Supreme Court case, for which arguments start this December, is likely to decide the future of abortion rights in the United States. The brief, signed by 897 state legislators, represents the strongest showing to date of state legislators supporting women’s right to choose nationwide.
The Mississippi law at the heart of the case bans abortion services after 15 weeks of pregnancy — well before the 24-week precedent established by Roe v. Wade. Despite multiple lower courts’ rulings that the law was clearly unconstitutional, the Supreme Court agreed to hold oral arguments to determine whether all pre-viability abortion bans are constitutional.
Arguments in Dobbs v. Women’s Health Organization come on the heels of Texas enacting a law that effectively bans all abortions in the state after six weeks of pregnancy, before most women can know if they are pregnant, and emboldens anyone to surveil and harass virtually anyone under claims of noncompliance with the law.
“I signed this brief because I believe abortion is health care, and decisions about health care should be made by a woman in consultation with her doctor,” Aguiar-Curry said. “The precedent set in these two cases flies in the face of Roe v. Wade, a cornerstone legal standard that has stood for nearly 50 years and ensures that all women — not just the rich or those fortunate enough to live in a Roe-upholding state — can access the full complement of health care decisions, without the interference of the government.”
Public sentiment is overwhelmingly in favor of keeping Roe, according to a recent Data for Progress poll, with 60 percent in favor and 23 percent against. By a 2-1 margin voters also strongly disapprove of allowing vigilantes to sue individuals they suspect of “facilitating” an abortion — the cornerstone of the Texas bill.
Aguiar-Curry represents the 4th Assembly District, which includes all of Lake and Napa Counties, parts of Colusa, Solano and Sonoma Counties, and all of Yolo County except West Sacramento.