Come to California, visit our “misty Northern California redwood forests to sun-kissed Southern California beaches,” and get an abortion.
California, the Abortion Sanctuary State, has officially created a new website to assist out-of-staters with their abortion travel plans.
“As other states outlaw fundamental reproductive health care and criminalize doctors and patients, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of abortion.ca.gov – providing people both inside and outside of California with information about abortions, their legal rights, where to find providers, how to pay for services and financial assistance, ways to locate wellness and emotional support, and more,” Gov. Newsom’s press release Tuesday morning said.
California just launched a NEW resource for those seeking reproductive care – whether or not you live here.
Find information on accessing abortion & reproductive health.
Abortion remains legal and protected in CA. We have your back. pic.twitter.com/tZ0kquQcoK
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) September 13, 2022
Abortion.ca.gov. is right next door to the California Board of Accountancy.
Actually, it is not listed yet on the State’s list of state agencies.
As Gov. Newsom said in a new video, “Abortion.ca.gov is a resource for those seeking reproductive care – whether you live in California or not.”
The governor stresses the new website “provides information on your right to abortion.” Only, Roe v. Wade was not a Constitutional right, and Congress never codified the decision in law, the Globe reported following the United States Supreme Court June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion, and noted, “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely—the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
Within minutes of the announcement of the SCOTUS decision, California politicians issued statements full of hyperbole and deceit.
“The Supreme Court is criminalizing women,” said Senate Majority Leader Emeritus Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys). “The majority’s theological bent wants to keep women barefoot and pregnant and is a throwback to when women were property and knew their place. That past is our future if Americans don’t wake up and vote.” Hertzberg is a lawyer.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s press office released a joint statement by governors of California, Oregon and Washington, announcing, “West Coast States Launch New Multi-State Commitment to Reproductive Freedom.”
The “Multi-State Commitment” vows “to defend access to reproductive health care, including abortion and contraceptives, and committed to protecting patients and doctors against efforts by other states to export their abortion bans to our states.”
By August, the California Legislature had 18 bills dedicated to abortion, abortion providers, access to abortion, funding of abortion, licensing of abortion providers, discipline of abortion providers, abortion scholarships, training programs for abortions, abortion research, abortion fairness, paid time off for abortion, Telehealth for abortion, and protections for abortion providers.
California Democrats even passed a Constitutional Amendment to “enshrine the ‘Right to Abortion, Contraception,” following the leaked United States Supreme Court draft decision in which the Court voted to overturn the federal landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision.
It appears that despite the actual crises in California – water shortage, lack of water storage, wildfires, energy shortage – the Governor is pivoting his focus and your attention to abortion.
“While other states try to prevent people from accessing this critical information or traveling to other states to obtain reproductive health care services, abortion.ca.gov provides information specifically for those coming to California for an abortion,” the Governor said in the press statement.
Because California is now an Abortion Sanctuary State.“Abortion is legal, safe and accessible here in California – whether or not you live here, know that we have your back. As Republican states continue rolling back fundamental civil rights and even try to prevent people from accessing information online or crossing state lines for care, you’re welcome here in California and we’ll continue to fight like hell for you,” said Governor Newsom.
The Governor who shut down California’s beaches and legendary tourist attractions, churches, bars, restaurants, schools and small businesses as a response to the COVID pandemic, is now promoting abortion tourism, inviting tourists to visit California and get an abortion if their own state has abortion restrictions, the Globe reported in March.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and the State Legislature are offering taxpayer funds to help out-of-state residents obtain abortions, as well as legalizing infanticide through recently amended legislation. According to the bill’s author, Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, the bill is about “reproductive justice, pregnancy criminalization, reproductive freedom, and pregnancy loss.”
Given California’s burgeoning new industry, shouldn’t Gov. Newsom be happy with the Supreme Court since there will be no federal restrictions on abortion?
Here are some of the highlights of Gov. Newsom’s first-in-the-nation Abortion Sanctuary State:
- This year’s state budget includes more than $200 million in additional funding for reproductive health care services.
- The Governor signed an executive order preventing medical records, patient data and other information from being shared by state agencies in response to inquiries or investigations brought by other states or individuals within those states looking to restrict abortion access, and announced the Governor’s policy of declining to extradite any person in California sought by another state for lawful abortion services provided in California.
- Governor Newsom signed legislation eliminating copays for abortion care services and signed into law a legislative package to further strengthen access and protect patients and providers.
- In November, California voters will have an opportunity to amend the state’s constitution to enshrine the right to an abortion following the introduction of a constitutional amendment by state leaders.
Notably, the abortion.ca.gov website says, “Under California law, anyone in California who is pregnant has a legal right to choose to have an abortion before viability.” We will see if the governor is able to redefine “viability,” which the state explains: “A pregnancy becomes viable when a doctor determines that the fetus could live outside the uterus without extreme medical measures.”
Thankfully Abortion.ca.gov got that right. Now we need to have a serious discussion about Gov. Newson offering California taxpayer funds to pay for the out-of-state abortions. As a Globe reader recently asked, “How about reducing CA taxpayers bills instead of paying for every nonresidents abortions, healthcare, food, lodging and more? How about giving taxpayers their money back instead of spending it on every issue, person, reason that does not benefit the California residents who pay to live there?”
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