California is considering funding abortions for out-of-state women as part of a 45-part proposal to expand abortion accessibility if Roe v. Wade were overturned.
The California Future of Abortion Council, initiated by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and made up of abortion providers and advocacy groups, published recommendations “to protect, strengthen, and expand abortion care in California” in early December. Toni Atkins, the San Diego Democrat who leads the state Senate, helped to establish the recommendations.
“We’ll be a sanctuary,” Newsom said. “We are looking at ways to support that inevitability and looking at ways to expand our protection.”
If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade in its Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, states may have greater latitude to restrict abortions in the first six months of pregnancy. While states like California are likely to continue to offer elective abortions into the late stages of pregnancy, Mississippi and other conservative states are expected to limit elective abortions.
“Extreme pro-abortion leaders in California are marching in lockstep with the profit-driven abortion lobby, working to convince women that they need access to abortion to succeed,” Prudence Robertson, a spokesperson for the Susan B. Anthony List said.
The California Future of Abortion Council recommendations seeks to increase abortion funding to provide for an influx of women from other states where abortions may be restricted, including refunding abortion clinics that provide abortions at no cost to those who cannot afford them. California already has a program that pays for abortions for low-income residents. Furthermore, the state requires insurance providers to pay for abortions.
Other proposals the council is considering include promoting racial diversity in the abortion industry workforce, providing educational scholarships to those who want to perform abortions in rural areas, requiring educational programs on abortion for family medicine clinics and protecting abortion providers from civil and criminal liability.