California Amendment Would Create Right to Kill Babies in Abortions Up to Birth

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 26, 2022   |   12:28PM   |   Sacramento, California

California is in danger of passing a radical pro-abortion measure that would enshrine the “right” to abort an unborn baby for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy into its state constitution.

The pro-abortion amendment, Proposition 1, will be on the November ballot for voters’ consideration after the state legislature passed it in June.

A new poll from the University of California Berkeley shows it passing by a strong majority – likely because voters do not understand just how radical it is. According to the Daily Kos, the poll found massive support for the amendment, with 71 percent of voters planning to vote “yes” and 18 percent planning to vote “no.”

If it passes, pro-life leaders warn that California will become like North Korea and China where late-term abortions are legal even when the mother’s health is not in danger and the baby is viable and healthy.

“Proposition 1 is an extreme and costly proposal that does nothing to advance women’s health,” the California Family Council responded. “Instead, it destroys precious human lives and wreaks havoc on families. It also punishes taxpayers and eliminates all limits on late-term abortions in defiance of what most voters want.”

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Polls consistently show strong public support for laws that protect unborn babies from late-term abortions.

A July poll from Harris/Harvard University found 72 percent of Americans support banning abortions after 15 weeks and 49 percent support heartbeat laws that ban abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks. A recent Associated Press poll similarly found strong public support for abortion limits after the first trimester, including 80 percent who believe abortions should be banned in the third trimester.

If the amendment passes, however, California no longer would have any limits on abortion. According to the California Family Council:

Existing California law restricts abortion after the age of viability, usually about 24 weeks, unless a doctor determines the abortion is necessary to protect the life or health of the mother. Prop 1 would eliminate the viability restriction, as the “right” to abortion could not be interfered with based on viability or any other standard.

Proposition 1 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.”

Others urging California voters to reject the amendment include post-abortive women.

In June, 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. … [Proposition 1] is going to make the problem even worse.”

The California Catholic Conference also opposes the amendment.

“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. “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 has very few limits on abortion, and state Democrat leaders are working to expand the killing of unborn babies even more. The state 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 to 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 have banned the killing of unborn babies in abortions now that Roe v. Wade is gone.

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.