State Constitutional ProtectionThe California Constitution protects the right to choose as a fundamental right and to a greater extent than the U.S. Constitution. The California Supreme Court struck down under the state's constitutional right to privacy, a law limiting state medical assistance for abortion in cases of life endangerment, severe physical health damage, fetal deformity, rape, incest, or unlawful sex with a minor. Committee to Defend Reprod. Rights v. Myers, 625 P.2d 779 (Cal. 1981). A similar restriction has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court under the U.S. Constitution. Williams v. Zbaraz, 448 U.S. 358 (1980).
The state supreme court also struck down a law requiring either parental consent or a judicial waiver before a minor could obtain abortion care. American Acad. of Pediatrics v. Lungren, 940 P.2d 797 (Cal. 1997). A similar restriction has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court under the U.S. Constitution. Planned Parenthood Ass'n of Kansas City v. Ashcroft, 462 U.S. 476 (1983).