CA Dems Seek To Bolster State’s Role as ‘Abortion Haven’

CA Dems Seek To Bolster State’s Role as ‘Abortion Haven’

California Democrats introduced 17 more bills to “further bolster” the state’s role as an “abortion haven” following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade last year, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.

“We have a great package of bills to further reproductive justice, to further the protections to people who may end up coming to our state, to our dispensers and to our healthcare providers,” state Sen. Nancy Skinner said at a news conference in the state Capitol after the Legislative Women’s Caucus announced the bills.

Democrats are keeping their pro-abortion momentum going in the state following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signing of 15 bills last year, which the report euphemistically dubbed “reproductive health bills.” The state also voted in November to codify abortion on demand into the California Constitution by passing Proposition 1. The new bills were created with the intent to further “strengthen the state’s abortion infrastructure” for state residents, as well as for women coming from out-of-state for abortions, according to the report.

One of the bills, AB 598, would require public school districts to administer a survey to students between seventh and twelfth grades that provides “information about obtaining abortions during different stages of pregnancy,” the bill’s text states. Another bill, AB 710, would create a public information campaign likely smearing pro-life pregnancy centers.

(L-R) Volunteers Suzanne Bulle and Jackie Elardo organize baby clothes inside the material goods room at Informed Choices Pregnancy Resource Center in Gilroy, California, on March 13, 2018. The clinic carries clothes, from maternity to 12 months, diapers, cribs and other items for patients. (Nic Coury for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

“When women need access to healthcare, it’s critical that the information they get is factual and providers have best interests in mind, not an agenda to discourage you from seeking an abortion,” said Assemblywoman Pilar Schiavo (D-Chatsworth), author of AB 710.

Other bills in the package have to do with how insurance companies handle abortions. AB 571 would require medical malpractice insurance to cover abortions, and another, AB 1432, would make health insurance companies outside of California cover abortion and “gender-affirming care” to policyholders who live in the state. Several bills are aimed at blocking law enforcement from using data and medical records to investigate abortions.

Kristin Turner, executive director of the nonprofit Pro-Life San Francisco, told the publication that while a public campaign against pro-life resources would complicate the movement’s work, AB1646 concerns her the most. That bill would allow out-of-state medical students “to practice abortion and gender-affirming care in California for 90 days,” according to the report.

“If California does this, our biggest export will be murdered children,” Turner said. “If Gov. Newsom signs these bills, it won’t just be his hands that are covered in blood, it will be his entire office.”

An anti-abortion activists picks up plastic unborn fetuses during an event to "beat and hang" Senator Lindsey Graham's, R-SC, effigy for committing "ethical and political treachery against the babies of North Carolina, and the laws of God" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, July, 29, 2010.

An anti-abortion activist picks up plastic unborn fetuses during a protest on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, July 29, 2010.

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