Senator Jones' Statement on Reversal of Roe V. Wade

The US Supreme Court’s ruling in the Dobbs case reversed the longstanding federal law on abortion established by Roe v. Wade. With that reversal, and in the absence of further Presidential or Congressional action, individual state law will now control the accessibility and legality of abortion in the respective states.

As a State Senator, my pro-life position has been long established and it would be disingenuous of me to suddenly change positions. I do not support a total ban on abortion—I do support a woman’s right to abortion in cases involving instances of rape, incest, and the life of the mother. Furthermore, I do not support the criminalization and prosecution of women who received an abortion or doctors who perform abortions.

While the Dobbs case may have a disparate effect on individual rights depending upon where one lives, the Attorney General of the State of California has made clear that “the ruling does not change your rights in California.” Abortion remains legal and guaranteed by the California Constitution.

Still, California Democrat leaders will seek to politicize the court’s decision here as a means of distracting voters from their horrific record going into the November elections – soaring inflation, record unaffordability, rampant homelessness, and surging crime. California is broken right now with respect to these primary issues and the Governor and Democratic leadership in Sacramento deserve to own that fact, but they won’t. As a state senator from San Diego, I intend to continue focusing my efforts on fixing a broken California and trying to return it to the luster and promise it once had as the golden state where one could live, work and raise a family.