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California in the midst of passing “raft” of pro-abortion legislation

by | Aug 31, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

California’s pro-abortion Democrats, working overtime, not only passed legislation to allow nurses practitioners and midwives to perform first trimester abortions without supervision of a physician, they also passed an up to $20 million “abortion support” fund for “travelers seeking abortion health care,” according to Court House News Natalie Hanson.

“Senate Bill 1375 passed by a vote of 31-9.” On Monday, the House voted 58-16 in favor of the bill.

Allowing nurses and midwives to abort is a concession that fewer and fewer physicians want to participate in taking the lives of unborn babies.

“California is facing a serious doctor shortage that is only anticipated to worsen over the next 10 years,” said the bill’s author, pro-abortion  state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins. “It would leave countless women and families at great risk, but there is a solution in front of us — nurse practitioners.”

This, alas, was just part of a “raft of bills [that] seek to expand reproductive health care access and rights — and not just for Californians,” Hanson reported.

[Gov. Gavin] Newsom previously restricted money in the state’s “abortion practical support fund” for in-state travelers. But after weeks of lobbying from pro-choice advocates, who reminded Newsom he vowed to make California a sanctuary, he revealed a new plan. This past week, Newsom and legislative leaders hammered out an amendment to the state budget through next year allowing the state to spend public money on out-of-state travel for abortions.

That’s just the beginning. CBS8 reports

The state Senate must still sign off on Senate Bill 2134, which would establish a program to provide insurance coverage to Californians who don’t have coverage for abortion-related care, including those who either do not have insurance or are underinsured. 

The bill would authorize Medi-Cal providers to apply to provide abortion and contraception at low or no cost to people who meet certain poverty thresholds and are not eligible to receive abortion and contraception through state programs. It would establish the California Reproductive Health Equity Fund, and requires a health care plan or insurer covering employees of a religious employer that does not include abortion and contraception coverage to provide information to enrollees about services that might be free.

Assembly Bill 2320, which creates a pilot program to direct funds to Senate approves Atkins’ bill allowing nurse practitioners to perform abortions

In addition, this year, Newsom also proposed new monetary incentives to encourage more medical students to become abortionists.

Categories: State Legislation