In another act of favoritism to the billion-dollar abortion industry, California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to use taxpayer dollars to pay for schooling for future abortionists.
Insider reports Newsom’s proposed budget, released last week, includes $20 million to help abortionists pay off their student loans and provide scholarships to medical students who commit to aborting unborn babies.
The purpose of the money is “to support California’s clinical infrastructure of reproductive health care services,” especially access to abortion, according to the governor’s budget summary.
It is no secret that the abortion industry struggles to find workers. Most doctors and nurses go into the medical profession to heal patients, not kill them. So, to prop up the abortion industry, pro-abortion politicians have passed laws to allow nurses and midwives to abort unborn babies. California did in 2013 and several other states have followed, including New Jersey just this week.
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But the abortion industry still is struggling to find workers, and now, with the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade this year, Newsom wants to do more.
The Democrat governor recently said he wants California to be a “sanctuary” for women from other states who want abortions. If Roe goes, researchers predict as many as 26 states would protect unborn babies by banning abortions.
Last year, Newsom created the California Future of Abortion Council with prominent pro-abortion groups to recommend ways California can expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions. Its recommendations include “loan repayments” and training to encourage more people to become abortionists.
Newsom’s new budget proposal does that and more. Along with the $20 million for future abortionists, Newsom also proposed another $20 million to help abortion facilities “enhance security” and “secure their physical and information technology infrastructure,” according to the budget summary.
“As always, our budget is built on our core California values of inclusion, economic growth and a brighter future for all,” Newsom said in a statement last week.
On the contrary, expanding abortions would darken and destroy the lives of countless women and children. California abortion facilities reported 132,680 abortions in 2017, according to the Guttmacher Institute. That is the latest data available.
Since then, Newsom and other pro-abortion lawmakers have done even more to expand abortions in the state. Starting in 2023, a new state law mandates that all public colleges and universities provide abortion drugs to students on campus.
Newsom’s pro-abortion council wants to expand abortions even further in the coming months. One of its proposals would force taxpayers to pay for abortions and travel costs for women coming from out of state to abort their unborn babies. California already forces taxpayers to pay for abortions for its low-income residents.
The council also wants California to promote telemedicine abortions “including across state lines,” the Sacramento Bee reported in December. In other words, abortion activists want to sell abortion drugs through the mail or another venue to vulnerable women who may never see a doctor in person and may not have a doctor close by to turn to for help if they suffer abortion complications.
According to the California Catholic Conference, the council’s recommendations also could violate pro-life medical workers’ conscience rights by forcing doctors-in-training to learn how to abort unborn babies in elective abortions and force Catholic hospitals to abort unborn babies in violation of their beliefs.
California already has very few limits on abortions. It does not require informed consent or parental consent for underage girls, and it forces taxpayers to pay for elective abortions through its state Medicaid program.
Meanwhile, many other states are considering legislation to protect unborn babies and mothers from abortion this year, spurred by hopes that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe.
In December, the Supreme Court heard a major abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, that directly challenges Roe v. Wade. Lawyers for the state of Mississippi urged the court to overturn its 1973 abortion ruling and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again.
A ruling is not likely until the spring or summer of 2022.
Since 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of mothers have died in legal abortions in the United States.