WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in December that his state will become a “sanctuary” for women from other states seeking abortions if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
- California, along with other Democratic states, has been working to protect its abortion rights in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s decision.
- The Golden state proposed a November ballot measure that would preserve the right to abortion in California’s Constitution.
California, along with a number of blue states, has been working to preserve its abortion protections in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday to overturn the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
The Golden State came on top with a comprehensive strategy including a legislative bill package with over a dozen proposals, new funding to expand abortion access, and a proposed midterm ballot measure that would preserve the right to abortion in California’s Constitution.
Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said in December that his state will become a “sanctuary” for women from other states seeking abortions if the Supreme Court overturns Roe.
“ABORTION STAYS LEGAL IN CA,” Newsom tweeted on Friday to express his disappointment, saying “This is not the America we know.”
The Supreme Court’s ruling put great pressure on states where abortion remains legal. Newsom previously said that California will be an abortion haven for pregnant women living in states where the procedure is restricted or entirely banned.
Newsom established a council last fall to see the future of abortion following the passing of a restrictive Texas abortion law. The council drafted a list of recommendations that became abortion-related bills introduced in the California Legislature this year.
Senate Constitutional Amendment 10, which is expected to be on the November ballot, would ask voters to change the California Constitution to declare that “the state shall not deny or interfere with an individual’s reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions, which includes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives.”
On Friday, Newsom signed a bill into law to protect abortion clinicians and out-of-state patients from abortion laws that threaten to impose criminal penalties. Other proposals moving through the Legislature would offer financial help to people coming from other states for abortion-related services, according to Politico.
Newsom has proposed the state spend $125 million to help clinics throughout the state prepare for an expected surge in patients from states hostile to abortion seeking care. Additional funding for some of the Legislature’s proposals may end up in the final state budget by month’s end.
“To people across the country living in a state hostile to abortion: California is here for you,” Hicks said in a statement.