Sen. Dodd To Co-Author Right-to-Choose Bill

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

SACRAMENTO – In response to an expected U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe. Vs. Wade, Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced today he would join forces with other California leaders to enshrine women’s reproductive rights in California's Constitution.

“Clearly, the court is pursuing dangerous policy, undoing decades of precedent, and putting the lives of millions of women at risk,” Sen. Dodd said.  “In California, we will continue to defend a woman’s right to choose as well as access to health care by building a protective firewall in our state constitution.”

Following publication of documents showing the court would overturn the nation’s abortion rights law, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, said they would ask voters in November to put permanent protections in the California Constitution.

Sen. Dodd plans to co-author the bill, which would need a two-thirds majority in the Legislature to qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot.


Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sonoma, Contra Costa, and Sacramento counties. You can learn more about the district and Senator Dodd at