California voters will decide in November whether the state Constitution should explicitly protect a person’s right to an abortion, and Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new efforts to solidify “California’s status as a reproductive safe haven for women.”
On Monday, the Democratic-controlled Legislature gave final approval to the abortion measure, which puts the issue before the state’s voters in the latest countermeasure aimed at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
Just hours later, Newsom issued an executive order that said California will not share medical records with antiabortion states or extradite doctors who provide care to patients seeking the procedure here.
“California will not back down from the fight to protect abortion rights as more than half the states in this country, enabled by the Supreme Court, ban or severely restrict access,” Newsom said Monday. “We are ensuring Californians will have the opportunity this November to enshrine the right to choose in our state Constitution.”
Senate Constitutional Amendment 10 by Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) would, if approved by voters, further codify the state’s already progressive reproductive rights, which grant anyone of reproductive age “the fundamental right to choose to bear a child or to choose and to obtain an abortion.” Currently, those rights in California are held up by case law and statutory laws, but Atkins said hostile attacks on abortion access convinced her those aren’t enough.
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