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California Lawmakers, Abortion Proponents Unveil Plan To Create Abortion Sanctuary State

Recommendations include funding abortion groups, funding support infrastructure at abortion clinics, improving Medi-Cal abortion policies

By Evan Symon, December 8, 2021 11:55 am

Dozens of California abortion clinics, pro-abortion groups, and lawmakers in favor of abortion presented a plan Wednesday to make California a sanctuary state for those wanting abortions in case the landmark Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court next year.

Abortion has been legal in the United States since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that women have the right to an abortion without state interference within the first trimester of a pregnancy. Despite a few challenges and alteration challenges in the last 48 years, the wording was only changed once. 1992’s Planned Parenthood v. Casey changed the first trimester wording to fetal viability. Since then, it has been worded as “A person may choose to have an abortion until a fetus becomes viable, based on the right to privacy contained in the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Viability means the ability to live outside the womb, which usually happens between 24 and 28 weeks after conception.”

However, in recent years, a number of states have passed restrictive abortion laws, such as the Texas Heartbeart Act, which virtually ends nearly all abortions in the state after six weeks due to a detected heartbeat. Another case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, challenges a 2018 Mississippi law that banned abortions after 15 weeks.

The Supreme Court also reached a definitive conservative majority last year following Amy Coney Barrett being confirmed as the next Justice in place of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had died in October 2020.

Now, with the Supreme Court giving indications that they would rule in favor of the state and ban abortions once again to some degree in the Dobbs case, with the most likely outcome kicking abortion laws back to the states, Californian abortion supporters are now putting a plan in place to welcome the influx of women seeking a legal abortion.

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According to a report by the California Future of Abortion Council, 26 states would likely see abortion bans if Roe v. Wade is overturned, including Texas, Utah, Ohio, Michigan, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, and Florida. As California has a large number of reproductive clinics and a mostly non-harassment environment from protestors, the number of women estimated to come to California for abortions will go from the current 46,000 a year to 1.4 million a year, with the largest number likely to come from Arizona.

However, California abortion and reproductive care currently has many barriers for women seeking treatment coming from outside the state, including the long drive times to the state, high costs for things such as co-pays and deductibles, and difficulty in finding more specialized providers. An influx of Texas patients this year in California due to the new Texas law highlighted highlighted the potential issues of a sudden influx, and showed the areas where California needs improvement. With demand likely to go up by astronomical numbers should Roe v. Wade falls, California abortion groups and lawmakers started coming up with a plan on Wednesday to address this issue.

California’s sanctuary state plans

The California Future of Abortion Council’s report specifically has 45 recommendations for the state in a sanctuary capacity, including funding many abortion groups to provide care, funding support infrastructure at abortion clinics, improving Medi-Cal abortion policies, give more protections to those seeking abortions, and even help fund travel, lodging, and procedure costs for those otherwise unable to afford the procedure. The recommendations, written largely by abortion provider experts and lawmakers, such as Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego),

“We’re looking at how to build capacity and build workforce,” noted Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California CEO Jodi Hicks on Wednesday. “It will take a partnership and investment with the state.”

However, those opposing abortion in California plan to push back against those recommendations should they be enacted.

“We know that we aren’t going to get California to ban abortion should Roe be overturned,” explained Kathy Weber, a San Bernardino County anti-abortion group leader who assists women who choose to give birth after previously wanting an abortion. “Not the way the state is now. But we can try and stop the state from outright paying people to come here or to loosen laws here even more.”

“But it has been hard recently, especially with the Texas surge of people coming into California for abortions. When neighboring states get bans and California getting this huge influx as sort as an abortion-vacation destination like how many Americans go to Mexico to get dental work, this will be a big problem.”

“We don’t want California’s new growth industry to be abortion clinics.”

Proponents of the recommendations are currently eyeing multiple funding sources, including the state’s projected $31 billion surplus, for next year.

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67 thoughts on “California Lawmakers, Abortion Proponents Unveil Plan To Create Abortion Sanctuary State

  1. Just rename California the state of Moloch and get over with it. You idiots are playing with fire and God is going to crush you like a bug for sacrificing children to your god of death.

    1. @CW, California just keeps getting worse. Your state rename of Moloch is fitting. We will all face the day where we will account for our deeds. The imposed political leaders that will encourage and subsidize abortions in California are evil.

  2. So, without putting this issue to the voting public, Newsom is willing to declare CA a sanctuary state for non-residents seeking abortions. Think back to when he was first elected: He placed a moratorium on the death penalty in CA – which was legal because the majority of Californians voted for it.
    Something is wrong with Newsom’s inconsistent take on the sanctity of life AND his willingness to defy and ignore the voices of voters.

      1. So..!! That doesn’t matter. The fact that he’s talking about creating a new industry to KILL the unborn and innocent is disgusting..!!

      2. It’s too bad the babies he supports killing can’t vote and the other people killed by convicted murderers can’t vote. Maybe it would be more than 70% of the vote? You are sick!

      3. Latinos do not agree with Newsom on abortion. An abortion sanctuary state is an absolute disregard for human life. If their votes are taken for granted, there’s going to be trouble for him.
        “And Latino voters are thought to be too conservative, especially on social issues like abortion rights.”
        “…with the exception of Republicans, Latinos, and those with only a high school education—believe states are making it too difficult to get an abortion.”


        1. A post-election survey found that 13% of illegal aliens admit to having voted in the last presidential election in California.

  3. sanctuary is to PROTECT LIFE

    Its another democrat name that means opposite of what it is – abortion is to give death

    1. I am beginning to question my existence. I think I am living in Hell, Calhellfornia!

      Orwellianism you are spot on!

      I always say replace baby with puppy and those in favor of abortion would be screaming to protect the puppies!
      The real BLM= Babies Lives Matter!

    2. Orwellianism, you’re so right and it’s beyond belief —- these people use “sanctify” to talk about abortion and death (and illegal activity).

  4. Sounds like a plan! to ensure that all progressive democrats are voted out at the next election.
    Let them keep signaling their intentions and telling us what fresh hell they plan to unleash on the state. We will note and make ourselves heard at the next election.

    1. Full Stop, I was thinking the exact same thing —- that this latest outrage almost sounds like a plan to insure the progressives’ own doom as it will wake up and activate the public against them.

    2. At the next election Gov Newsom will win re-election in a landslide. The democrats will expand their super majority in the state government. You don’t like it, move to a red state.

      1. W16521
        Hispanics by and large are against abortion, they will not be so apt to vote for newsom or influence those to vote for newsom with “Abortion = CA”.

        Although none of that may matter, because 1 party state who also rule the voting mechanisms of counting, and the machines being used will be set to help keep them in power.

  5. Thank you Gov Newsom. You never forget a woman’s right to choose. Every woman deserves equal access to health services.
    If it were legal, I would suggest conservative republican taxpayers should provide funding to support women coming to this state for services.

    1. A woman’s right to choose? To choose to kill her unborn child? You are really sick and you should get some professional help.

    2. If they want an abortion let them have on their dime and in their own state not ours. This is Californian tax payer money. This is why this state in the condition we are in.

    3. So, you have no problem with the idea of paying people to come to California to kill an innocent unborn child..?? What a messed up person you are to think that killing the unborn is a woman’s health issue.

      60+ million abortions have been performed in the US since the Roe v. Wade decision. You must love being in line with China and North Korea in terms of killing the innocent.

      Go away Globe Troll..!!!

    4. Abortion isn’t about a woman’s rights at all. If so, what about the female aborted babies! Where are their rights? Or is it that they are just clumps of cells? The first thing signaled to reveal life in the womb is the heartbeat. Still a clump of cells you claim. I think not. Or all of us are nothing more than clumps of mature cells walking around. And why are the unborn brains, spleens, limbs and other parts sold at higher prices the more they are developed for research by being sucked from their mother’s womb? And why do people get charged for double murder when killing a pregnant woman? Wake up and decide if you will defend the innocent. Babies are innocent and always, without fail gifts from the Lord????

  6. All Americans who love America and care about America and CA, this 3 day “prayer a thon” or whatever we want to call it is for US and on NOW, Live from Dallas.
    This will encourage each other. It stared at 8am, so many great people will be here-Zeb Zelinko, Mikki Willis, Real Doctors & scientists……


    Full itineary:

    1. any lawsuit would find liberal activist judges at every step and have to get above ninth circuit to see life

    2. I would anticipate and hope a lawsuit will fail. You and every other state taxpayer will be required to support women’s choices.

    1. Thanks for the link GarlicDude!
      That FAB California is a real eye opener.
      Toni Atkins, Senate President Pro Tempor is all in!
      That address she wrote is rich. She validates her support of medical freedom, a woman’s right to choose.
      So should her logic be extended to all medical freedom as to what therapy a man, woman or child has a right to accept or deny such as the mRNA gene therapy shot?
      [California is in a unique position – while our reproductive freedoms and ability to make choices about our own bodies are constitutionally protected, the same does not hold true in other areas of the country. We have seen it before, and unfortunately, we are seeing it again in legal cases that threaten reproductive freedoms.]

      One sided logic, they cannot cherry pick and support bodily autonomy for one class of people. Where is the so called equity they purport?
      They will rob Peter to KILL baby Paul.

    1. A woman’s right to kill her unborn child? What is the difference between killing her unborn child and killing her child later in it’s life? There is NO DIFFERENCE! You are one sick person and you need professional help.

      1. John “The idiot” Patriot. You go on and believe its murder.
        I will continue to support a woman’s right to choose. Case closed.

  7. Killing a baby is wrong. By having a abortion sanctuary state, he is going against the wishes of Latinos, as many Latinos are religious and pro life.

  8. “Proponents of the recommendations are currently eyeing multiple funding sources, including the state’s projected $31 billion surplus, for next year.”
    How does THIS look forward to taxpayer funding?
    As nothing is done to build “water storage” with the 2014 bond? And San Diego wants to turn every freeway into a toll road? And the state will have forced composting?
    As the state is overrun with illegal immigration, criminal destruction of property, criminal mobs stealing – literally cleaning out retail stores… Now we want to be the abortion capitol of the world??
    California’s politicians are certifiable lunatics!

  9. Sanctuary State for illegal immigrants, criminals, drug lords, gambling, human trafficking, prostitution and the wholesale slaughter of babies and the elderly. California is a haven of evil and unfortunately, I live here. We the people need to take our state back from the newsoms, pelosis, feinsteins, padilla and most the state legislature.

  10. Abortion tourism….wonderful. Will the aborters need proof of vaccine and/or a negative covid test within 72 hours before ripping the baby from their womb? Because well, priorities….ugh….

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