California Legislature Passes Constitutional Amendment for Abortions Up to Birth

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 28, 2022   |   1:48PM   |   Sacramento, California

Californians will vote in November on a measure to enshrine the so-called “right” to abort an unborn baby for any reason up to birth in their state constitution.

On Monday, the state Assembly voted 58-16 in favor of the pro-abortion Senate Constitutional Amendment (SCA 10). The amendment passed the state Senate earlier this month, and will be on the ballot for voters’ consideration Nov. 8.

Jonathan Keller, president of the California Family Council, described the amendment as “barbaric,” saying it would allow unborn babies to be aborted through all nine months of pregnancy.

“SCA 10 is extreme, even for a state like California,” Keller said. “Many people who identify as pro-choice still reject the idea of abortions ending the lives of viable children late in pregnancy.”

Sponsored by state Senate pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, state Senate Constitutional Amendment 10, would add the following language to the California Constitution: “The state shall not deny or interfere with an individual’s reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions, which includes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives.”

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Pro-abortion lawmakers avoided questions Monday about the amendment allowing viable, late-term unborn babies to be aborted for any reason.

According to Cal Matters, Assemblymember Kevin Kiley, R-Rocklin, asked if the amendment would end the current state limit on late-term abortions and allow unborn babies to be aborted for any reason “up to the moment of birth.”

He never received a direct answer. State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon paused and then promised to answer the question in his closing statement, but he never did, according to the California Family Council.

State Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, D-Corona, did not answer Kiley’s question either, instead responding, “This bill just ensures that all Californians enjoy reproductive freedoms, and that they have the ability to make these decisions themselves.”

Pro-life advocates have been speaking out against the amendment at legislative committee meetings and urging voters to reject it in November.

Last week, Kellee Bradford, who had five abortions as a young woman, told a state Senate Judiciary Committee that abortion is so common and promoted so openly in California that many women do not know where to turn for support if they want to keep their baby.

“Abortion is not health care. It has left me and millions of women broken, regretful, ashamed, depressed and some even suicidal,” she told lawmakers. “It’s a temporary solution to a much bigger problem. … SCA 10 is going to make the problem even worse.”

Others speaking out against the proposal include the California Family Council and California Catholic Conference. They warned that the amendment is so extreme that it would allow unborn babies to be aborted up to birth.

“The sad reality is that California already has some of the most accommodating abortion laws and services in the nation,” the state Catholic bishops said in a statement opposing the bill. “And by providing extensive funding for abortion services without any corresponding equitable funding for pregnant women and mothers, the state exercises a destructive, coercive power in favor of ending innocent lives.”

California already has very few limits on abortion, and state Democrat leaders are working to expand the killing of unborn babies even more. It has the largest number of abortion facilities in the country at 168; New York is second with 89, according to a new ANSIRH study.

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spend an additional $145 million this year specifically on abortions. The money would be used to fund elective abortions for women whose insurance does not cover it, government promotion of abortion, travel and lodging expenses for women who have to travel for abortions and incentives for medical students to become abortionists.

The money could go a long way toward actually helping mothers and babies in need, such as expanding prenatal care and other basic medical care that helps reduce infant and maternal mortality, financial and housing assistance, education, counseling and more. But the California leader wants to use it for abortions instead.

Newsom said abortion is one of California’s “values,” and he will “fight like hell” to “protect it.” He also wants California to become an abortion destination for women in states that are expected to ban the killing of unborn babies in abortions now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned.

California has forced taxpayers to pay for elective abortions for many years, and young girls can get abortions without their parents’ knowledge or consent. A new law slated to go into effect next year will force all public colleges and universities to provide abortions on campus. Newsom and Democrat lawmakers also are working closely with the abortion industry to expand abortions in other ways.

California abortion facilities reported 132,680 abortions in 2017, according to the Guttmacher Institute.