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Governor Newsom signs SB 245 with California First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom on March 22, 2022 (Photo: gov.ca.gov)

Gov. Newsom Signs Bill to End Abortion Procedure Copays

14 months later, SB 245 passed by both houses

By Evan Symon, March 23, 2022 12:20 pm

Governor Gavin Newson signed a bill that will end abortion procedure co-pays and other out of pocket expenses into law on Tuesday in Sacramento.

According to Senate Bill 245, authored by Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach), health care plans or disability insurance policies will not be allowed to impose a deductible, coinsurance, copayment or other similar cost-sharing requirement on abortion and abortion-related services. Utilization management and utilization review on abortion services by health care companies and plans for outpatient abortion services will also be prohibited under the bill.

Essentially, SB 245, also known as the Abortion Access Act, will eliminate out of pocket costs for Californians wanting abortions, ranging from $300 to $900 per procedure depending on the type of abortion they seek. The law is now due to take effect beginning on January 1, 2023, with the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance to adopt related regulations on or before January 1, 2026.

SB 245 has been in a fight for 14 months. After being introduced in January 2021, the bill was bounced between committees, put on the suspense file, hearing dates were changed, and other tumult. The controversial nature of the bill, as well as issues in the Capitol ranging from COVID-19 procedures to lawmakers demanding changes to the bill, were factors in the constant delays. Nevertheless, the bill slowly passed committees until the summer where it was postponed indefinitely after weeks of inaction.

Thought by many to be dead in the water, Gonzalez announced a return of the bill in December due to a rise in abortion restricting laws in other states such as Texas.

California even announced the state would be an abortion sanctuary state.

Marking the high co-payment and other out of pocket fees as big deterrents for many seeking an abortion in California, SB 245 was quickly amended to alleviate some remaining concerns and moved through both houses. On Monday, it received final passage in the legislature, and was moved to Governor Newsom’s desk. Less than 24 hours later, on Tuesday, Newsom signed it into law.

“As states across the country attempt to move us backwards by restricting fundamental reproductive rights, California continues to protect and advance reproductive freedom for all,” said Governor Newsom on Tuesday. “With this legislation, we’ll help ensure equitable, affordable access to abortion services so that out-of-pocket costs don’t stand in the way of receiving care.”

Newsom signs SB 245 into law

California First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who was with the Governor during the signing, also gave a statement of her support for the bill, saying, “In the face of nationwide attacks on reproductive rights, California has taken action to improve access to reproductive care by removing financial barriers to this essential health care. In the Golden State, we value women and recognize all they shoulder in their dual roles as caregivers and breadwinners. California will continue to lead by example and ensure all women and pregnant people have autonomy over their bodies and the ability to control their own destinies.”

Many abortion and women’s groups praised the signing on Tuesday and Wednesday, as did many lawmakers such as Senator Gonzalez, who saw the bill signing as something that had been a long time coming. Many also noted that the bill signing came only hours after the Oklahoma House of Representatives became the latest state legislature to pass a near-total abortion ban.

While SB 245 enjoyed a large amount of support, those who opposed the bill noted on Wednesday that the state may not have the resources to meet a large uptick of abortion patients.

“The state knows that they are a bit behind on all of this,” remarked Kelly Davis, an abortion clinic worker in LA County, to the Globe. “There’s no waiting period in California or anything, but we are lagging in those who can perform the procedure. I mean, California is trying to expand the number of people who can perform abortions right now due to the increased number of women coming here seeking abortions.”

With at least 26 states ready to ban all or most abortions, reports indicate that, if it happened, California would see a dramatic 3,000% increase of people traveling into California for abortions.

“And this bill now makes California one of the cheaper options for abortion. Other costs though may rise, as insurance companies and hospitals now need that lost money to come from other sources. See, that’s not what they’re talking about. Yeah, abortions just lost co-pays and abortion tourism will increase, but that is a lot of lost money for many people when it comes to those fees. Other Californians may now have to face the financial price because of this.”

SB 245 is due to become an active law beginning next year.

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23 thoughts on “Gov. Newsom Signs Bill to End Abortion Procedure Copays

  1. Wow, Gov Gruesome and the First Wifey Gruesome (et al) really live up to their names on this one. It’s completely horrifying, not to mention depraved and debased and sick, how proud they are of turning this state into a Murder Capital Sanctuary State Hellhole, and as quickly as they can possibly accomplish it.

  2. A few years ago I read a very graphic article on how an abortion is performed. It is very cruel and gruesome. How anyone can support the murder of the unborn is beyond me. Governor Climate Change is against the death penalty but yet he supports a woman’s right to kill her baby. What is wrong with this picture? If you see people outside Planned Parenthood protesting abortion give them a thumbs up, bring them food and drinks, and keep fighting the good fight.

    1. Yes, John. It’s very sad and sick, too, of course. Unfortunately we have cruel and shameless ‘leaders.’

  3. These people are just sick and truly evil…. then why not eliminate co pays for everything like cancer treatments, diabetes management, mental health issues, drug and alcohol rehab, labor and delivery, and the list goes on…….

  4. [While SB 245 enjoyed a large amount of support, those who opposed the bill noted on Wednesday that the state may not have the resources to meet a large uptick of abortion patients.]

    An uptick in abortions? Why because they are bussing poor confused women in from Texas?

    I am so very ill over California’s first couple gloating over such a loathsome bill. This is not something to celebrate. They may not pay in this life for going against our Creator’s wishes but they will when it is time for the next life. Will they be able to answer I upheld the sanctity of life?
    If he so righteously can abolish the death penalty to save a life then why not a defenseless pre born child?

    1. Agree, Cali Girl. Amazing how there is no hesitation or sadness about this, or even words of regret that it had to come to this, or anything like that. It’s almost like these two are licking their lips in anticipation. Bonus points for shoving it all in decent people’s faces.

  5. just waiting for rapture to come.

    as we are sinking so far below any godliness type of society – there is no morality here with this nor any responsibility of action either.

  6. Gov. Newsom was a member of Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum Young Leaders Program. It’s not surprising that he and his Democrat cronies support abortion? They’re part of the deep-state/dark-cult globalist cabal that is devoted to reducing the world’s population by any means necessary?

    1. The program picked well with Newsom, didn’t they, Samantha? He’s really into destruction and death, has sold his soul willingly and with gusto to achieve these ends, and the wife reveals herself more and more each day to be a willing help-meet in all of these goals. Can’t help adding, though: It’s a very odd place to be for someone who has four children, don’t you think?

  7. I agree that this is horrible. The taking of innocent lives even days and weeks after birth is wrong. As Dutch Sheets has said we need to stand in the gap with intercessory prayer for our nation. We see states banning the taking of life. We have prayed for this. What will it take for our nation to be brought to its knees and to turn back to God? We see the situation in Ukraine. Russia and China and North Korea have the ability to attack us from afar with their nuclear weapons. Will it take war coming to our land to wake up people that we have turned our backs on God and His principles of how we are to treat eachother?

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