By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: Office of the Governor of California (Information)
Pictures: Office of the Governor of California (Courtesy)
California: California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation on Friday, June 24th, 2022 to protect women and doctors from anti-abortion states.
In an emotional display of opposition, the California Governor joined First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, California’s attorney general, top legislative leaders and state abortion rights advocates to responded to the United States Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe versus Wade ending nearly 50 years of constitutional protections for abortion across the country.
California Governor Gavin Newsom later announced that he has signed legislation A.B. 1666 that immediately protects patients and health providers in California from civil lawsuits based on other states’ laws.
“This is a dark day for our little girls and all our children, who will now come of age in a nation with fewer rights, fewer freedoms and fewer protections than the generation before them. That is not progress. But on days like this, I’m more determined than ever to fight like hell for my daughters and yours, for all pregnant persons all those who deserve a future with more rights, more freedom, not fewer,” said Attorney General Rob Bonta.
First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom said, “This is a ruling that will have grave consequences for women’s health, safety, economic security and our ability to thrive in the United States of America.”
Many state leaders who spoke on Friday reassured Californians that the overturning of Roe v. Wade does not impact California’s laws.
The right to obtain an abortion in California is protected until the fetus is considered viable and in cases where the procedure is necessary to save the patient’s life or health.
“It made my stomach drop. I have been sick to my stomach all morning. We are here to further rights, not take them away,” said Senate President pro-Tempore Toni Atkins.
California Governor Gavin Newsom pointed to the Supreme Court’s dissent from the decision, saying that the ruling showed that in the U.S. “women are not equal.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom said that he hoped that the decision would “wake people up” and called for Americans not to let Republicans take the majority in the House of Representatives.
“The future is not something to experience it’s something manifest. We have the capacity to turn this around,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom.
California Governor Gavin Newsom was also joined by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California President and CEO Jodi Hicks, NARAL’s California Director Shannon Olivieri Hovis, and members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus.
“We’re in a post-Roe reality and I don’t know that we can properly wrap our minds around what that means today,” said Jodi Hicks.
Jodi Hicks said her nightmare scenario is that people won’t be able to get the care they need because services won’t have been expanded enough or people don’t have the resources they need to access them.
The Democratic-led state has advanced several pieces of legislation to preserve the right to abortion in California.
As well as the bill California Governor Gavin Newsom signed on Friday, he also said he was “very proud that I will be signing over a dozen of pieces of legislation in a matter of weeks that will codify our values.”
Friday morning, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced with governors from Oregon and Washington a multi-state commitment to “defend access to reproductive health care, including abortion and contraceptives and committed to protecting patients and doctors against efforts by other states to export their abortion bans to our states.”
In May 2022, following the leaked United States Supreme Court opinion, California Governor Gavin Newsom proposed a $125 million reproductive health package to expand access for women and help for the potential influx of women coming to California to seek reproductive health care.
The Legislature also introduced a constitutional amendment in May 2021 to preserve the right to abortion in the state’s constitution, which that is planned to make the November ballot.
California Governor Gavin Newsom also signed legislation that eliminates copays for abortion care services.
“California has your back,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom.