Life Priority Network


The following bills of the California State Legislature dealt with crucial life issues of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia or cloning.  For each bill, a brief statement of the main issue and the pro-life voting position are given. The final disposition of the bill is noted.

SB 253 (Ortiz), Stem cells, human tissue: research - OPPOSE
This is a bill of death. It permits destroying human beings at the earliest stages of life in the name of research and improving California’s economy. The derivation of a human stem cell results in the death of a human embryo, such as we all once were. Human germ cells permitted by the bill necessitate not only killing human embryos, but also use tissue from aborted babies, thereby further entrenching abortion in our culture. Human cloning permitted by the bill results in the destruction of those human beings as embryos when they are used to develop stem cells or germ cells. Passed by the Legislature and Signed by the Governor.

SB 676 (Poochigian), State budget: payment of existing costs - OPPOSE
This bill was created in August 2002 by transforming an unrelated existing bill into one that would pay for costs incurred by the state government, including Medi-Cal payments for abortions, until the 2002-2003 State Budget was enacted. Amended and passed by the Assembly and re-referred to the Committee on Budget. Ultimately replaced by AB 425.

SB 993 (Figueroa), Nurse-midwives - OPPOSE
This bill allows nurse and midwife solo-practitioners to prescribe abortifacient drugs without any physician or surgeon oversight. This is an irresponsible bill, particularly following a recent federal report of women dying after use of RU-486, a chemical abortifacient. Passed by the Legislature and Signed by the Governor.

SB 1230 (Alpert), Human cloning - OPPOSE
This bill permits the creation of human clones and allows experimentation on them before they become a fetus at their eighth week of life, beyond which they are not allowed to live and must be killed. The bill also permits un-elected bureaucrats to change restrictions on clones, which could result in increasing their maximum age before being killed. Passed by the Legislature and Signed by the Governor.

SB 1261 (Peace), Senate version of State Budget - OPPOSE
This is the Senate version of the 2002-2003 state budget which contains full abortion funding. Passed by the Senate and sent to the Assembly. Ultimately replaced by AB 425. 

SB 1301 (Kuehl), Reproductive Privacy Act - OPPOSE
This is Planned Parenthood’s flagship bill. It locks abortion-on-demand (including partial-birth abortion) into California law even if Roe v Wade were overturned. It lowers qualifications for persons assisting in surgical abortions, allows non-physicians to administer chemical abortifacients, continues to cover up statutory rape and sexual abuse of minor daughters, and eliminates abortion reporting currently required by law for evaluating medical standards and demographic effects of abortion. A racist statement by a major abortion provider and the numerous abortion clinics located in minority communities give creditability to the belief that abortion is being used for racial genocide and that the elimination of abortion reporting is a cover-up. Passed by the Legislature and Signed by the Governor.

SCR 55 (Ortiz), Stem cell research – OPPOSE
This Senate Concurrent Resolution establishes a 14-member panel to advise the Legislature on stem cell research. No panel is necessary to advise on the killing of innocent human beings, it would simply provide cover for legislators making unethical decisions. Passed by the Legislature (the Governor’s approval is not necessary).

SJR 38 (Ortiz), Stem cell research – OPPOSE
This Senate Joint Resolution memorializes the President and Congress to permit experimentation on human embryos and clones as long as they are not allowed to be born, i.e., killed before birth. Passed by the Legislature (the Governor’s approval is not necessary).

SJR 51 (Karnette), United Nations Population Fund - OPPOSE
     This Senate Joint Resolution memorializes the President and Congress to reinstate $34 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in 2002. The reason for the original withdrawal of funds was that the Kemp-Kasten Amendment, which prohibits funding of coercive or involuntary sterilization programs, was violated by communist China’s one-child policy. Although SJR 51 states that an un-named U.S. fact-finding mission to China finds no such coercion, this is not substantiated by an official U.S. State Department fact-finding team, which traveled to China in May of this year. Passed by the Legislature (the Governor’s approval is not necessary).

AB 425 (Oropeza), 2002-03 Budget Act (sent to the Governor) - OPPOSE
This is the final version of the California State Budget for 2002-03 and contains full abortion funding. It has unrestricted Medi-Cal funding of ~ $40 million for the killing of ~120,000 unborn children by abortion. The budget also contains funding for abortion industry infrastructure. Approximately $60 million are for the Genetic Disease Testing Fund, a substantial portion of which is a "search and destroy" program used for the detection of handicapped children with the intention of killing them by late term abortions. Another $10 million are for the Office of Family Planning, which subsidizes abortionists. Another $30 million are for teen pregnancy programs, most of which are Planned Parenthood-type programs that distribute birth control drugs and devices to minor children behind parents' backs, thereby aiding, abetting, and facilitating statutory rape. When these drugs and devices fail, abortion is most often the final solution. Passed by the Legislature and Signed by the Governor.

AB 1777 (Oropeza), Assembly version of State Budget - OPPOSE 
   This bill was initially the Assembly version of the 2002-2003 state budget and contained full abortion funding. Several amendments restricting abortion funding were put forth, but all were tabled. The Assembly passed the bill with full abortion funding and sent it to the Senate. The Senate amended the Assembly version by replacing it with the Senate version of the state budget which also contained full abortion funding, passed it and sent it to the Assembly for concurrence. The Assembly did not concur with the revised bill and sent it to Conference Committee. Ultimately replaced by AB 425.

AB 1860 (Migden), Sexual assault: emergency contraception - OPPOSE
     This bill requires that a victim of sexual assault shall be provided with the option of postcoital contraception. If fertilization had occurred, such treatment results in the chemical abortion an innocent child. Medical fact and statements by rape victims themselves* indicate that abortion is neither medically, emotionally, nor ethically justified; it is not in the best interest of the woman or child.  (*Rape, Incest and Abortion: Searching Beyond the Myths, David C. Reardon, Ph.D.)
Passed by the Legislature and Signed by the Governor.

AB 2194 (Jackson), Abortion training - OPPOSE
This bill requires resident physicians to receive abortion training to become accredited OB/GYN doctors. If a physician opts out of such training, he risks not being accredited and thus unable to practice in many California hospitals. AB 2194 forces teaching hospitals that refuse to do abortions to refer students to facilities that do abortions for those students who desire such despicable training. Passed by the Legislature and Signed by the Governor.

AB 2248 (LaSuer), “Choose Life” license plates - SUPPORT
     This bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicle to issue “Choose Life” license plates. Funds collected from these special interest plates would be used to prevent abortions and to place children for adoption.  Failed in Committee.

ACR (176) (Daucher), Breast cancer - OPPOSE
This Assembly Concurrent Resolution commends the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and urges public participation in Komen Races for the Cure. ACR 176 does not recognize the glaring disparity between the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission statement and their contrary actions. While the Komen mission statement is to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment, Komen refuses to acknowledge the link between abortion and breast cancer. In fact, affiliates of the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in several states have donated money to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America. Passed by the Legislature (the Governor’s approval is not necessary).