Analysis. Gov. Gavin Newsom of California is making an all-out assault on our nation’s babies and women. Amid a barrage of legislation, billboards, an executive order, and a state ballot measure, he is seeking to make the ending of a human life easy, common — and taxpayer-funded. He calls this “loving your neighbor as yourself.”
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As of late September, Newsom signed 13 pro-abortion bills into law. And the governor’s rhetoric by itself is troubling enough.
“An alarming number of states continue to outlaw abortion … and it’s more important than ever to fight like hell for those who need these essential services,” Newsom says on the state website. “Our Legislature has been on the frontlines of this fight, and no other legislative body in the country is doing more to protect these fundamental rights — I’m proud to stand with them again and sign these critical bills into law.”
But even the governor’s wife is weighing in: “I’m grateful to the Governor and the California Legislature for taking critical measures to protect a woman’s right to choose and to enshrine the right to reproductive freedom into California’s constitution,” says First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom on the website.
Beyond those 13 pro-abortion bills the governor signed, his executive order prohibits state agencies from sharing patients’ medical records and other data in response to inquiries — whether from other states, or from individuals working to stop abortions. The order also prevents the extraditing of visitors to California who are using abortion services that are legal in the state. Moreover, a proposition on the November ballot seeks to create a constitutional right to abortion in California up until the time of birth. And there are at present no fewer than seven California-funded billboards in various states, welcoming and encouraging women to come take advantage of abortion services in California — billboards the governor is promoting with the “love your neighbor” words of Mark 12:31 printed thereon.
Of the 13 bills signed into law in California, arguably the most radical could be AB 2223 (which affords protections from criminal and civil liabilities), which some refer to as “the infanticide measure.” AB 2223 is written to help ensure that pregnancy loss is not criminalized and to keep a person from being criminally or civilly liable for any miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, or perinatal death due to causes that occurred in utero.
Here are the other bills, with brief descriptions:
AB 2091 (Keeps medical records private): This prohibits health care providers from releasing any medical information about individuals seeking abortion care, in response to any subpoena or out-of-state request.
AB 1242 (Prohibits cooperation with out-of-state entities):Law enforcement and state corporations are kept from cooperating with out-of-state entities regarding any lawful abortion in California. Law enforcement agencies are also prohibited to arrest any person for aiding in a lawful abortion.
SB 523 (Expands birth control access):This access expansion is regardless of gender or insurance coverage status and requires health plans to cover certain over-the-counter birth control without cost-sharing. Employment-related discrimination based on reproductive health decisions is prohibited.
SB 1375 (More health care providers):This expands training options for nurse practitioners and certified nurse-midwives. It also allows nurse practitioners to perform first-trimester abortions without the supervision of a physician.
AB 657 (Licensure for health care practitioners): This expedites licensure for practitioners that come to California to provide abortion care services.
AB 2626 (Prohibits suspension of revocation of licenses): Specified licensing boards are prohibited from suspending or revoking any license solely for performing an abortion.
AB 2205 Requires covered California plans to report annually the total amounts of funding collected in special accounts for abortion care — established under the ACA to holdpremium payment of $1 per member per month, and from which claims for abortion care must be paid.
SB 1142 Requires the establishment of an abortion care services website and an evaluation of the abortion practical support fund.
SB 1245 Establishes a reproductive health pilot project in Los Angeles County to support innovative approaches and collaborations for safeguarding abortion access. SB 1245 sets aside $20 million for the county Abortion Access Safe Haven Pilot Program.
AB 1918 Creates the CA Reproductive Health Scholarship Corps to recruit, train and retain a diverse workforce of health care professionals who will provide reproductive health services in underserved areas of the state.
AB 2134 Establishes a state reproductive health equity program for grants to the providers of uncompensated care to low-income patients.
AB 2586 Establishes a so-called reproductive justice and freedom fund to help CBOs provide reproductive and sexual health education, including abortion care, to “disproportionately impacted” communities.
“California continues to take historic steps towards its promise to be a Reproductive Freedom state,” Newsom says on the state website.
But “freedom” is in fact the very last thing Newsom’s deeds are about, according to Jonathan Keller, president of the California Family Council.
“Governor Newsom tells pregnant women California has their back, but only if they choose to end their pregnancies,” Keller asserts on the CFC website. “This package provides NO care for women who choose to keep their children. Gavin’s not pro-choice; he’s no choice.”
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