California Passes ‘Historic’ Legislative Package to Protect or Expand Access to Abortion

Lawmakers approved the bill on the final day of the legislative session, which ended Wednesday. The bill is now due for signature by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has championed abortion rights.

Newsom vowed to keep California safe haven After the U.S. Supreme Court withdrew federal rights, several Republican-led states banned or severely restricted abortion for abortion seekers.
Following the High Court ruling in June, Newsom signed the bill It is intended to protect abortion providers and patients seeking abortion treatment in that state from civil lawsuits initiated in that state. “Today’s Supreme Court decision that endangers the health and safety of millions of women across the country requires the State of California to do everything it can to protect the fundamental rights of all women, both inside and outside of California. must do,” he said in a statement at the time.

CNN has reached out to Newsom’s offices for comment on the bill package.

Most of the Democrat-sponsored bills were part of a legislative package introduced by the women’s caucus of the California legislature and endorsed by the California Council for the Future of Abortion, a coalition that includes abortion rights advocacy groups.

“I look forward to Governor Newsom signing this bold and historic package of legislation to provide national leadership and set an example in protecting sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion.” said the California affiliate of Planned Parenthood in a tweet.

defense against prosecution

Many of the actions included in this package protect abortion patients and providers from prosecutions and penalties that may be brought by abortion-prohibited states or from civil lawsuits originating in abortion-prohibited states. intended to protect. The bill is intended to counter moves by other conservative states, including legislators in Texas, Oklahoma and Idaho, to allow civil enforcement of abortion restrictions.

One such action, AB 1242, allows California law enforcement and other designated individuals to assist or assist other state investigations related to abortion if the proceedings are lawful under California law. Prohibit cooperation.

Under the bill, sponsored by California Attorney General Rob Bonta, the state would be prohibited from arresting anyone who provides, assists, or obtains legal abortions in California. This will stop California tech companies from sharing digital reproductive information with out-of-state law enforcement agencies trying to enforce abortion bans.

Another measure, AB 2091, is intended to keep medical information about abortions from being disclosed to other states seeking to enforce abortion bans. AB 2223 also removes the state statutory requirement for a coroner to investigate deaths related to self-induced or criminal abortion, allowing a coroner’s statement on a fetal death certificate to be used to initiate criminal prosecution or civil action. prevent it from waking up. Pregnancy outcome person. It also prohibits a person from facing civil or criminal liability for having an abortion or for helping someone else have an abortion.

The latter bill has drawn fierce opposition, with opponents claiming that the provision would hinder law enforcement’s ability to investigate and prosecute “infanticides.”

Proponents of the bill say the bill that would allow women to file civil lawsuits against state parties who interfere with an individual’s reproductive rights in California would prevent a woman from having a miscarriage, abortion, perinatal death, or stillbirth. It claims it will prevent criminal prosecution in

Expanding access

Other bills in the legislative package seek to expand access to procedures. This includes proposals to allow specially trained nurse practitioners to provide abortions without medical supervision, and proposals to prevent abortion providers from being disqualified or suspended. will be Abortion was legal under California law.

The California budget, signed into law by Mr. Newsom in June, allocated $20 million to the Abortion Practice Assistance Fund, a public-private fund that provides grants to nonprofits that help low-income Californians obtain abortions. rice field.

Lawmakers approved another bill that would expand the fund so that out-of-state residents could use the grant to help get abortions in California. Another option is to create a state health website that provides information about California’s abortion services and connects people to abortion providers.

Also included in the legislative package. Bill to allow subsidies to providers who provide free or low-cost abortion and contraceptive services to low-income patients. A bill to launch a reproductive health pilot project in Los Angeles County to protect patient access. and a bill to subsidize programs that provide “medically accurate” reproductive education to at-risk communities.

Californians will debate the issue of abortion in the coming months and voters will consider Constitutional amendment in a November vote to include abortion rights in the state constitution.


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