In Response to Supreme Court Ruling, Governor Newsom Signs Legislation to Protect Women and Providers in California from Abortion Bans by Other States

Twenty-six states across the country, home to 33.6 million women, have laws prohibiting or severely restricting abortion. Twenty-two states have passed measures to ban abortions:
Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
Georgia
Idaho
Iowa
Kentucky
Louisiana
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Caroline from the south
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Four additional states already restrict abortion and are expected to have bans in effect soon:

Florida
Indiana
Montana
Nebraska

The Governor was joined today in Sacramento by First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Acting Senate Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), the California Attorney General Rob Bonta, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California President and CEO Jodi Hicks, California Director of NARAL Shannon Olivieri Hovis, and members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus — Assemblymembers Mia Bonta and Lori D. Wilson.

“As a mother, I am outraged that today’s children are growing up in a country where women have fewer rights than my generation had, but I know history will show that the Court’s decision supreme does not reflect the values ​​of our nation”, said first partner Siebel Newsom. “Within a week, the Court made it clear that it believed guns were entitled to more rights and protections than women. It’s insane. And it’s a decision that will have serious consequences for the health, safety, economic security and ability of women to live and thrive across the country. That’s why I’m proud to reside and raise my children in California, where our governor, administration, and legislature trust women and respect our authority to make decisions about our own reproductive health and future.

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision this morning, Governor Newsom and the Governors of Oregon and Washington launched a new multi-state pledge to defend access to reproductive health care and protect patients and providers .

“This is a dark time for our country” said California Attorney General Rob Bonta. “The decision of this tribunal is outrageous, unprecedented and dangerous. It propels our nation into the dark ages. Millions of people now face a harsh reality regarding their right to choose. People across the country – their bodies, their futures and their families – will be hurt by this decision. But, in California, we refuse to go back and let politicians exercise control over a person’s body. Despite the ruling, abortion remains fully protected here in California. We will continue to fight to strengthen and expand access to safe and legal abortion. As Attorney General, I will use the full force of the law and the full authority of my office to protect reproductive health care for anyone seeking it in California. Abortion remains a legally protected right in our state, and in California we will not back down.

“Extremist laws – now considered constitutional – will sue our incredible providers for the care they provide, penalize vulnerable people desperate for abortions in a last-ditch effort to control their own lives,” said Member of the Bauer-Kahan Assembly. “In California, we won’t let that happen. I am extremely grateful to the Governor for signing AB 1666, which will immediately protect anyone in California from civil penalties for abortion. We will continue to fight and be a sanctuary for abortion care.

Governor Newsom has proposed a $125 million reproductive health program to expand women’s access and help prepare for the influx of women seeking reproductive health care from other states. Additionally, the California legislature introduced a constitutional amendment to enshrine the right to abortion in the state constitution. Governor Newsom recently signed legislation eliminating copayments for abortion care services and signed into law a set of laws to further strengthen access and protect patients and providers.

For the full text of today’s bill, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.

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