“in California, women will remain protected”
Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation to help protect patients and providers in California from civil liability for providing, aiding, or receiving abortion care in the state.
“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,” said Governor Newsom.
In addition, Governor Newsom and the governors of Oregon and Washington launched a new Multi-State Commitment to defend access to reproductive health care and protect patients and providers.
In November, California voters will have an opportunity to amend the state’s constitution to include the right to an abortion and this week, Governor Newsom signed an executive order to further protect women coming to California from other states.
“We are ensuring Californians will have the opportunity this November to enshrine the right to choose in our state constitution. And we’re not waiting until November to take action, today’s executive order ensures that the state will not hand over patients who come here to receive care and will not extradite doctors who provide care to out-of-state patients here. In California, women will remain protected,” he said.
The order signed this week prevents any information, including medical records and patient data, from being shared by state agencies or departments in response to inquiries or investigations brought by other states or individuals within those states looking to restrict access. The state is expanding efforts to protect women seeking abortions or reproductive care as well as anyone assisting those women.
SCA 10 was passed by the California State Assembly today and now heads to the November ballot.
More than $200 million in additional funding will be added to the budget for reproductive health care services. Governor Newsom recently signed legislation eliminating copays for abortion care services and has signed into law a legislative package to further strengthen access and protect patients and providers.