Newsom`s decision is aimed at ensuring the safety of thousands of women who come to California from other states to exercise a right supported by Roe v. Wade since 1973. A study from the University of California, Los Angeles estimates that between 8,000 and 16,000 patients from other states will arrive each year±. The state budget also©provides the authorities with $200 million to guarantee access to this right. The resources can be used for women who cannot afford the procedure, support for health workers and the creation of a website with all the information on the subject. Doctors, registered nurses/midwives, nurses, and medical assistants with appropriate training can perform abortions in California. In addition, California has no residency requirement to receive an abortion. This means that if your home state creates barriers that prevent you from having an abortion, or if there are other reasons why you prefer an abortion in California, you can travel to California to access an abortion. California abortion clinics are building new facilities closer to transportation hubs and training more staff.
A package of a dozen abortion laws currently before lawmakers could increase the number of providers, provide financial assistance to women who travel to California to terminate their pregnancies, and legally protect the doctors they treat. Dunlap declined to provide data on the number of out-of-state patients served by the organization, arguing that the figures would not fully reflect the situation due to secrecy and fears of abortion. But he said Los Angeles, as a center of tourism and commerce, has long been a destination for women seeking abortions, even before it was legal, when patients often crossed the Mexican border for the procedure. There`s also House Bill 2134 by Rep. Akilah Weber, D-San Diego, which would provide money to clinics that provide unpaid care to low-income patients whose insurance doesn`t cover abortion or contraceptive services. The pensions argue that funding is essential to ensure that not only wealthy women can travel to California for abortions. In the coming years, the state will funnel millions of dollars to clinics to cover the cost of abortions for women they cannot afford, including those living in the country without legal permission. It has pledged to spend up to $20 million to bring out-of-state women to California for abortions to cover expenses such as travel, housing and childcare. But critics of Wicks` bill point to a provision that states women cannot be punished for “perinatal death due to a pregnancy-related cause,” referring to a baby who dies indefinitely immediately after birth, which they say is so vague that it legalizes infanticide. Californians will be able to decide at the ballot box whether or not to include pro-abortion support in the local constitution.
The state Congress voted Monday to put the proposal to a vote in© November`s general election, an election that has been revolutionized since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in a controversial decision on Friday. © The court`s decision gave the country a weekend of street protests in various cities and the promise of several Democratic politicians, including the governor of Nuevo Mexico©, to defend access to a right that is being taken away from millions of women. Following this announcement, California activists are not lifting their finger on the problem that they believe could affect other rights in the future. Meanwhile, a proposal is being made to the state Senate to bring the issue to voters in the upcoming November election, where Californians could decide whether or not to amend the state constitution to explicitly validate abortion rights. Sue Dunlap, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, said she has been preparing for years for the organization to become a safe haven for patients across the country who have nowhere to go to have an abortion. The setback comes as 55 percent of Americans now identify as pro-abortion, the highest percentage since 1995, according to the latest Gallup poll. On the other hand, 35% of Americans say they want abortion to be legal in all circumstances. Oregon recently showed up with $15 million in funds that could provide financial assistance to patients, including those outside the state who need help paying for abortion fees and other costs.