Gov. Gavin Newsom welcomed women to come to California to abort their unborn babies in response to other states’ efforts to ban abortions.
On Friday, the Democratic governor signed a proclamation that criticizes other states for working to protect the lives of babies in the womb. The Hill reports Newsom also invited women in those states to come to California for abortions.
“California will continue to uphold women’s equality and liberty by protecting their reproductive freedom, educating Californians about their rights to reproductive freedom, welcoming women to California to fully exercise their reproductive rights, and acting as a model for other states that want to ensure full reproductive freedom for women,” he said in the proclamation.
California has very few restrictions on abortion. It forces taxpayers to pay for them, and girls as young as 12 can get abortions without a parent’s knowledge or consent. Right now, a bill is moving through the state legislature to mandate that every public college and university provide abortions on campus.
Newsom called these laws the country’s “strongest protections of rights to reproductive freedom” – though few Americans support such extreme pro-abortion measures.
Earlier in the week, Newsom also crafted a letter with fellow Democratic Govs. Kate Brown of Oregon and Jay Inslee of Washington to the states that are working to protect unborn babies’ lives, The Modesto Bee reports.
“We’ve been battling an escalating attack on the freedom of women and families to determine their futures,” the governors wrote. “Newly enacted and clearly unconstitutional laws in a handful of states compel our states to act now to reaffirm longstanding commitments to safeguard the fundamental rights of women.”
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They criticized states including Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio for passing laws that protect unborn babies. Many of the states passed laws to ban abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, while Alabama passed a law that bans all abortions, except when the mother’s life is at risk.
None of the laws are in effect because of legal challenges, but state lawmakers hope to eventually persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn babies again.