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Bill allowing Arizona abortionists to commit abortions in California passes Senate

by | May 22, 2024

By Nancy Flanders

The California Senate passed SB233 on Tuesday, a bill that would allow Arizona abortionists to temporarily commit abortions on Arizona residents in California.

The move comes after the Arizona Supreme Court upheld a law protecting most preborn children from abortion in April.

Despite the court’s decision, Attorney General Kris Mayes said that she will not enforce the law. In addition, pro-abortion advocates in Arizona are working to get a proposed pro-abortion constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would create a “fundamental right” to kill preborn babies in the state constitution.

California legislators appear confident that Arizona’s pro-abortion amendment will be approved by voters in November. It has made the law temporary. The CA Family Council wrote on X, “#SB233just passed the Senate Floor. This would allow Arizona doctors to perform abortions in California through November 30, 2024. Every Republican Senator voted NO. CFC opposes #SB233.”

The bill states, “Notwithstanding any other law, a physician who meets the requirements set forth in subdivision (b) shall register and may practice medicine in California through November 30, 2024, solely for the purpose of providing abortions, as defined in Section 123464 of the Health and Safety Code, and abortion-related care to patients who are Arizona residents traveling from Arizona seeking abortions or abortion-related care in California.”

An Arizona abortionist who receives approval from the California Medical Board would be prohibited from providing actual health care or even consulting with a patient unless the consultation is related to an abortion and the patient is an Arizona resident. Once the Medical Board or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California receives the applicable documents required of an Arizona abortionist, they must register that abortionist within five business days.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said the bill is an example of “being a good neighbor.”

He claimed, “We’re already dealing with the absorption of people seeking [abortion] in the state of California. It’s up by 17 percent post-Dobbs in this state.” He added, “No state has more responsibility, more opportunity, but bigger burden than the state of California.”

Attorney General Rob Bonta likewise said, “California will continue to be a haven for those who provide and seek safe and legal abortion, including our neighbors in other states like Arizona who are forced to endure cruel and dangerous abortion bans.”

Editor’s note. This appeared at Live Action News and is reposted with permission.

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