With the death of Roe vs. Wade, liberal California finds itself more than ever at the vanguard for abortion rights.
Red states are now pushing to end abortions immediately, while California is encouraging women to come here to have the procedures.
California’s leadership on abortion rights dates back to the 1970s when then-Governor Ronald Reagan, a conservative Republican, signed into law the nation’s most liberal abortion law.
The state legalized abortion in 1967, years before the Roe vs. Wade decision, and those protections have since been expanded by the Legislature and the Governor, the California Supreme Court, and a voter-approved 1972 state amendment to the constitution protecting privacy rights. These protections include funding for abortions for low-income women covered by the Medi-Cal program and the right for minors to have an abortion without parental consent.
Since then, the state has become more liberal and democratic. And in recent years, California has emerged as a leader in abortion access.
Here’s a breakdown of what California is doing:
Anchoring abortion and contraceptive rights in the state constitution
The proposal would not expand California’s already progressive reproductive health laws, which guarantee a woman’s right to abortion and birth control, including the right of minors to access services without parental notification or consent.
The nation’s abortion provider in a post-Roe world
The state is bracing for an influx from areas of the country where the bans will be reimposed for the first time since 1973, with various bills and budget proposals calling for millions of dollars in abortion services to be allocated to uninsured workforce programs to increase providers and patients to help those arriving from other states.
Center of a new political movement
There is a clear political dynamic in California officials’ decision to embrace abortion rights. Here’s how that plays out.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-24/california-to-protect-abortion-rights-roe-wade What is California doing to protect abortion rights?