As California voters prepare to vote on Proposition 1, the “Constitutional Right to Reproductive Freedom. Legislative Constitutional Amendment,” which codifies the right to abortion up to the birth of the baby, in the California Constitution, it is important to note that Californians also voted to mandate more living space and better living conditions for farm animals.
From the first state in the country to offer prison inmates an all-vegan menu, California voters passed a ballot measure in 2018 mandating more living space for veal calves, cows and pigs, and banned the confinement of egg-laying hens in cages.
Proposition 12, the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative, also set up a ban on the sale of these agricultural products in California that don’t meet the new requirements, attempting to influence how farmers in other states raise their animals, because California imports most of its pork from other states.
It’s not a stretch to say that California hogs and chickens enjoy more protections than unborn babies. So do sharks and geese; The Golden State has banned Fois Gras and sharkfin soup. California has also banned plastic straws, “junk food” in schools, micro-beads in cosmetics, plastic grocery bags, Trans-fats, and now bacon. California even imposed a ban on fur products.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has taken his radical abortion stance so far, he is now promoting abortion tourism, inviting tourists to visit California and get an abortion if their own state has abortion restrictions, the Globe reported.
Maybe the governor will also invite veal calves, cows, pigs, and chickens from other states to seek refuge in California.
But unborn babies, not so much.
“In at least six states, an unborn child legally may be killed up until the moment of birth,” the Daily Signal reported. “In these same states, it is illegal to kill or even transport the eggs of a bald or golden eagle without a proper permit.”
“If a man or woman were caught carrying an egg of a bald eagle without a proper permit to do so, he or she could face up to a $5,000 fine or a year in prison, or both.”
But a woman can abort her unborn child up to the moment of birth in the 9th month, and a little after if necessary. California’s newest abortion law deletes the requirement that a coroner hold inquests for deaths related to or following known or suspected self-induced or criminal abortion, and would delete the requirement that an unattended fetal death be handled as a death without medical attendance,” the actual bill says. This means that even if the abortion is botched and the baby is born alive, and the attending medical staff fail to provide medical assistance to the baby and it dies, under AB 2223, they are protected from prosecution.
However, California protects approximately 250 species under the California Endangered Species Act. Penalties for violating the California Endangered Species Act range from a $25,000 to $50,000 fine for each violation, one-year imprisonment, or both fine and imprisonment.
There are no penalties for killing an unborn or just born baby. Specifically, AB 2223 by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) helps to ensure that “pregnancy loss” is not criminalized, prohibiting a person from being criminally or civilly liable for miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, or perinatal death due to causes that occurred in utero.
“Pregnancy loss” is how AB 2223 author Assemblywoman Wicks and proponents describe a fetal or infant death, even if the mother caused the death through “self-managing an abortion,” and even after the baby is born alive due to a botched abortion.
California Democrats even passed a bill to introduce 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. Proposition 1 is on the November ballot. This is Rep. Tom McClintock’s summary of the initiative:
Proposition 1 – Margaret Sanger Eugenics Act: NO. Prop. 1 would provide an absolute right to abortion in the state constitution under any and all circumstances, including the hideous practice of partial birth abortion. Most people aren’t absolutists on the subject: they support early abortions but not late term. This proposition would prohibit such distinctions. And before we hear the “My Body My Choice” refrain, pardon a simple question. Does YOUR choice stop YOUR heart from beating, or suck YOUR brains from your skull? If the answer is no, maybe there’s somebody else whose body is affected.
Gov. Newsom is also budgeting “more than $200 million in state funding to create abortion.ca.gov, cover uninsured care, support providers, bolster security and more,” and signed 13 abortion bills from the California “Future of Abortion Council.”
The Future of Abortion Council was formed in anticipation of the Supreme Court decision, last November 2021 by Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic legislative leaders. “It is imperative that California take the lead, live up to its proclamation as a ‘Reproductive Freedom State,'” the Future of Abortion Council said.
The Council also demanded that Gov. Newsom:
- “Address existing barriers to abortion care later in pregnancy.”
- “Protect people from prosecutions and criminalization of abortion or pregnancy loss.”
- “Protect patients that self-manage their abortion.”
- “Repeal invalidated law requiring parental consent for abortion services.”
The council also demanded that the state “Must Meaningfully Address Misinformation and Disinformation and Ensure that Access to Medically Accurate, Culturally Relevant and Inclusive Education About Abortion and Access to Care is Widely and Equitably Available.”
Black Women for Wellness Action Project Policy Analyst Onyemma Obiekea said: “Abortion care is an essential component of reproductive justice, which is only realized when people have tangible access to care.”
Essential Access Health’s Chief External Affairs Officer Amy Moy said: “Abortion is essential health care.”
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