California Gov. Gavin Newsom is working to make his state the abortion center of the United States in anticipation of Roe v. Wade being overturned soon.
KABC 790 reports Newsom, a pro-abortion Democrat, recently asked a group of “reproductive health” experts to come up with plans to make it easier for women from other states to come to California to abort their unborn babies.
He wants the legislature to consider adopting those plans when it reconvenes in January, according to the report.
The abortion industry and its political allies are worried that the U.S. Supreme Court may limit or overturn Roe when it hears a major abortion case out of Mississippi in December.
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The case centers around the question of “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.” Currently, under Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, states are prohibited from protecting unborn babies from abortion before viability, about 22 weeks of pregnancy.
If Roe goes, 26 states likely would ban abortions to protect unborn babies, according to research by the Guttmacher Institute.
So, Newsom, other pro-abortion lawmakers and abortion activists want to make it easier for women from those states to travel to California for abortions. They are working together through the new California Future of Abortion Council to develop a plan.
Among other things, they want lawmakers to increase taxpayer funding for abortions through the state Medi-Cal program and create a fund to help pay for transportation, child care, hotel stays and other costs to encourage women to come to California to abort their unborn babies, according to California Healthline.
California already has very few limits on or safety requirements for abortions. According to Guttmacher, it has more abortion facilities than any other state in the U.S. Newsom also recently signed a law that forces colleges and universities to provide abortions on campus.
In 2015, California also began allowing nurse practitioners and midwives to do abortions, despite studies showing increased risks. Now, it appears that the council wants to allow people with even less medical training to abort unborn babies.
According to the report:
Increasing capacity could mean licensing more practitioners to provide abortions or pumping more resources into telehealth so people can see a doctor online to prescribe pills for a medical abortion — a service California doctors currently can provide to patients only in California.
The most important thing the state should do is fix its shortage of providers, especially those who perform second-trimester abortions, which are more expensive and complicated than first-trimester abortions, said council member Dr. Daniel Grossman, director of the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health program at the University of California-San Francisco.
Janet Jacobson, medical director of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, predicted that they may see up to 50 women from other states every week if Roe goes, the report states.
But abortion activists admit and research shows that pro-life laws do save lives, and many women will choose life for their unborn babies rather than travel to another state for an abortion.
Alissa Perrucci, operations manager at the Women’s Options Center, an abortion facility at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, told the news outlet that they recently scheduled 10 abortion appointments for women from Texas, but only five showed up.
Meanwhile, pro-life lawmakers in states like Texas and pro-life advocates everywhere are increasing real support for pregnant mothers in need, providing the resources and encouragement that they need to choose life for their babies.