AB-1666 Abortion: civil actions

Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan

What is the purpose of this legislation?


This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:

In order to protect the public from civil actions authorized under the law of another state that are contrary to the public policy of this state, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.Contact Info:

Contact Info:

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Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
1021 O Street, Suite 6320

P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0016
(916) 319-2916



California legislature passes bill to protect abortion providers and patients from civil suits


By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN

Updated 5:39 PM ET, Thu June 23, 2022

California lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that aims to protect abortion providers and patients seeking abortion care in the state from civil action started in another state.

Assembly Bill 1666 next heads to the desk of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is supportive of abortion rights. It would take effect immediately with his signature.

The measure would make it so that "another state's law authorizing a civil action against a person or entity that receives or seeks, performs or induces, or aids or abets the performance of an abortion, or who attempts or intends to engage in those actions" is contrary to California public policy, and is unenforceable by California courts.

AB 1666 "creates the protections to make California a legal sanctuary for reproductive choice," the bill's Democratic sponsor Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan said in a hearing earlier this month.