California Democrats Push Bill to Legalize Infanticide for 28 Days After Birth

Opinion   |   Life Legal Defense Foundation   |   Apr 8, 2022   |   9:53AM   |   Washington, DC

On April 5, California lawmakers held their first hearing on AB 2223, the most extreme abortion bill in our nation’s history. As we have reported before, AB 2223 not only allows mothers to intentionally kill their babies in the womb through self-managed abortion, the bill also removes all legal repercussions for killing babies who are already born.

During the hearing, the bill’s sponsor, Buffy Wicks of Oakland, said the bill has been mischaracterized as allowing infanticide. She is lying!

Even the bill’s official analysis states “the bill could be interpreted to immunize a pregnant person from all criminal penalties for all pregnancy outcomes, including the death of a newborn for any reason during the “perinatal” period after birth.” The analysis further states that the “perinatal” period is either “generally used to describe the period from approximately past 22 (or 28) completed weeks of pregnancy up to 7 completed days of life,” or “the period from the establishment of pregnancy to one month following delivery.”

I attended the Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing on AB 2223. The only legislator to speak on the bill was Wicks, who said its purpose was to prevent women from being prosecuted for fetal murder after two California women were jailed when their full term babies were stillborn because of extensive drug use.

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In a statement to the Committee, a pro-abortion advocate said this type of “pregnancy loss” was tragic and “could happen to anyone.”

AB 2223 was passed out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee with the infanticide language intact by a vote of 7 to 2, along party lines. The bill will next move to the Assembly Health Committee.