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This paper analyzes CA's Prop 1 within the theoretical framework of the Punctuated Equilibrium Theory (PET). The analysis offered a deeper understanding of the developmental dynamics surrounding Prop 1 and CA's efforts to maintain policy stability. Additionally, the analysis sheds light on the central role played by CA in protecting abortion rights in response to the ever-changing and disruptive terrain of abortion policy within the US.

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Mary Lou Ciolfi, JD, MS

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California’s Stabilizing of Reproductive Autonomy Amid Major Policy Shifts:  Punctuated Equilibrium Theory in Action



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