The California Constitution

The California Constitution contains an explicit right of privacy.  Article I, Section 1 states:

“All people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights.   Among these are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.”[1]

California’s state constitution provides greater protection for privacy and abortion rights than the federal constitution.[2]  This includes the right to funding for abortion services for eligible women under California’s Medi-Cal program,[3] as well as a minor’s right to obtain an abortion without parental involvement.[4]