Senior California officials are backing a plan to make the state a safe haven for women seeking an abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
Planned Parenthood and some 40 other groups have released dozens of recommendations for policymakers to consider adopting, including increasing funding for pro-abortion organizations that help women get through the procedure with gas money, childcare and other potential barriers. ; repayment of loans to medical workers performing abortion; and the opening of a virtual counseling center for women in other states who want to take abortion pills.
California Senator Tony Atkins, interim president of the State Senate, wrote a letter in support of the recommendations, and Gavin Newsom, the Democrat who formed the coalition, said some of the recommendations would be included in his January 2022 budget proposal. …
“We’ll be a refuge,” Newsom said in an interview, adding that he knows patients are likely to travel to California from out-of-state to have an abortion.
“We are looking for ways to support this inevitability and looking for ways to expand our defenses,” he added.
On December 1, the Supreme Court heard arguments from Mississippi officials in a case that explicitly challenges Roe v. Wade’s 1973 ruling that access to abortion is a constitutional right.
The ruling and its accompanying Planned Paternity vs. Casey “have no basis in the Constitution,” Mississippi Solisippi General Scott Stewart told the court.
If the court overturns the previous orders, each state would have the right to restrict or expand access to abortion.
According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, 26 states are likely or likely to ban abortion. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, said this week that his state will impose a 15-week ban on abortion if the Supreme Court rules in his favor.
“If you believe, as I very strongly believe that this innocent unborn baby in the womb is actually a baby, the most important word when we talk about unborn children is not unborn children, but children,” Reeves told CNN added, “I will do everything in my power to protect the lives of these children.”
California is already one of the states with the most abortion advocates; about 15 out of 100 abortions performed in the United States in 2017 were performed in the state. California pays for abortions for many low-income residents through the government’s Medicaid program. California is one of six states that require private insurance companies to cover abortion, although many patients still pay deductibles and co-payments.
Pro-abortion groups are asking state legislators to reimburse abortion providers for services to those who cannot afford to pay, including those traveling to California from out-of-state who have low incomes to qualify for state-funded abortions. Medicaid if they lived there.
Planned Parenthood, which accounts for about half of California’s abortion clinics, said it served 7,000 out-of-state people last year.
Pro-life groups criticized the recommendations as radical.
The pro-abortion coalition “wants to co-opt all Californians to advance their radical abortion infrastructure, including funding abortion for uninsured women, government funding for abortion education, and invasive questioning of sexual activity in minors as young as 10 years old.” – Mary Riley, Vice President and Founder Life Legal Defense Foundation, The Epoch Times told The Epoch Times by email.
The group calls on lawmakers to reject any legislation that includes the recommendations of Planned Parenthood and its allies.
Matthew Wadum, Jack Phillips and The Associated Press contributed to this report.