Gavin Newsom Pardons Abortionist Who Killed Babies in Illegal Abortions Before Roe

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 7, 2022   |   5:57PM   |   Sacramento, California

As part of his on-going abortion advocacy, California Gov. Gavin Newsom posthumously pardoned an abortionist named Laura Miner who ran an illegal abortion facility in the 1930s and ’40s in San Diego.

In a statement Friday, Newsom described Miner’s back-alley abortion practice as “courageous health care” even though she made money killing unborn babies in illegal, elective abortions. He described her conviction as an “injustice” and promised to fight to keep abortion on demand legal in California.

“In California, we’re never going back to a time when women were forced to seek basic health care in back rooms and underground clinics,” the Democrat governor said. “Laura Miner’s story is a powerful reminder of the generations of people who fought for reproductive freedom in this country, and the risks that so many Americans now face in a post-Roe world.”

According to the pardon, Miner began doing abortions illegally after watching her mother nearly die from a botched abortion as a young girl. In 1949, at age 50, she was convicted of felony crimes for aborting unborn babies and sentenced to four years in prison. However, Miner only served one year and seven months in prison and the rest on parole.

She died in 1976.

Killing unborn babies in abortions was illegal under the original California Constitution, established in 1850. The state legalized abortions in 1967.

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In violation of the law, Miner, a chiropractor, set up an illegal abortion facility in San Diego in 1934 and aborted unborn babies for 14 years before authorities shut down the facility and arrested her, according to Fox News.

Today, California is one of the most pro-abortion states in the country. Abortion facilities reported 132,680 abortions in 2017, the latest data available, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

This week, voters will consider a state constitutional amendment, Proposition 1 on the ballot, that would allow unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to birth.

Newsom and Democrat lawmakers also are working closely with the abortion industry to expand abortions in other ways. A new law slated to go into effect next year will force all public colleges and universities to provide abortions on campus. The governor and lawmakers also budgeted $200 million to fund and expand abortions this year.