Declaring California a “Reproductive Freedom State,”Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two bills claiming this will help expand access to reproductive health care.
“Reproductive health care” is the preferred euphemism for abortion services.
These two bills are California’s legislative reaction topassing a law prohibiting abortions of any unborn child with a detectable heartbeat. The media reports the new Texas law as “the most restrictive abortion measure in the country,” making it “illegal for people in the state to get an abortion as early as six weeks.”
Gov. Newsom said the new Texas law “strips women of their fundamental reproductive rights,” in a Tweet.
While Texas and other GOP states continue to strip women of their fundamental reproductive rights, CA is working to defend and expand access to reproductive healthcare.
We are a reproductive freedom state — and proud of it. https://t.co/tH75aZgfZy
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 22, 2021
In another Tweet, Gov. Newsom said the legislation “supports access to reproductive health care services & protect patients & providers.”
AB 1356 by Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer Kahn (D-Orinda) Creates new crimes under the California Freedom of Access to Clinic Act (Act) directed at videotaping, photographing, or recording patients or providers within 100 feet of the facility (“buffer” zone) or disclosing or distributing those images; increases misdemeanor penalties for violations of the Act; and updates and expands online privacy laws and peace officer trainings relative to anti-reproduction-rights offenses,” according to Assembly Floor Analysis.
AB 1184 by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) “guarantees that patients can safely access care without confusion or fear,” according to Assembly Floor Analysis. “Modeled off successful legislation in Washington State, this bill will also expand the definition of sensitive services to include transgender health care and behavioral health care, to ensure more individuals are able to have their privacy protected.”
“As part of the legislation, the governor also announced that the state will be participating in the newly-created California Future of Abortion Council advisory group, which consists of sexual and reproductive health care allies and partners, including Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, Black Women for Wellness Action Project and National Health Law Program,” CBS News reported.
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, which sponsored both bills, said in a statement, “The “California Future of Abortion Council”—CA FAB Council for short—is comprised of reproductive freedom and sexual and reproductive health care allies, partners, and leaders. Ultimately, the CA FAB Council will create opportunities for those dedicated to advancing rights and expanding access to come together to develop and create a blueprint outlining California’s next steps and determine how expanding access to care could impact services and resources.”
TUNE IN: In the wake of Texas’ anti-abortion law going into effect, Governor @GavinNewsom will sign legislation to support access to reproductive health care services & protect patients & providers in a virtual signing ceremony.
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) September 22, 2021
“In 2019, Governor Newsom signed a Proclamation on Reproductive Freedom, reaffirming California’s commitment to protecting women’s reproductive choices,” a statement from Gov. Newsom’s administration says. “The Governor has advanced investments to expand access to reproductive and sexual health care and signed multiple bills protecting reproductive freedom, including SB 374 earlier this year and SB 24 and AB 1264 in 2019.”
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