(Los Angeles) Protect the right to voluntary termination of pregnancy tooth and nail and welcome all women who cannot access it in their state: California ushered in general mobilization Tuesday after unveiling a draft Supreme Court decision harking back to this achievement.
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“Our daughters, sisters, mothers and grandmothers will not be silenced,” California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted. “The world is about to hear their wrath. California will not stand idly by. We will fight like the devils,” he promised, shortly after the document’s publication on the Politico site on Monday evening.
During the trial, the governor and the leaders of the parliament of the most populous and prosperous US state announced “an amendment to enshrine the right to choose in the constitution of our state.”
“We know we cannot trust the Supreme Court to protect reproductive rights, so California will establish a firewall around this right in our constitution,” they write.
This amendment, to be voted on in November’s midterm elections next year, will have essentially symbolic meaning: multiple laws that already guarantee the right to abortion on Californian soil.
But that’s exactly the purpose of this announcement: to let all women living in states that would rush to restrict or even ban abortion know that California, a Democratic stronghold, will continue to welcome them.
“We will not abandon the women and families affected by the regressive and irresponsible policies of other states,” interim California Senate President Toni Atkins promised at a news conference Tuesday, promising that “California will be a beacon of hope.” for them.
One in four women
According to the Guttmacher Institute, if the Supreme Court rules in a matter of weeks to reverse the 1973 “Roe v. Wade” (under which the U.S. Constitution guarantees women’s right to abortion as long as the fetus is not “viable”), 26 U.S. states would “certainly or probably” decide to ban abortion on their territory.
A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health concludes that nearly one in four women in the United States will have an abortion before they reach the age of 45.
“It’s not going to stop all of a sudden because extremist politicians have outlawed bans, this need will continue!” Thundered Jodi Hicks, president of the Planned Parenthood organization in California, which operates about half of the state’s 165 abortion centers.
“It’s about dignity, people’s health and their way into the future,” she stresses, referring to the case of needy and vulnerable young women who will be forced to leave the state to have an abortion.
“We know very well that this kind of ban disproportionately affects low-income people, people of color.” […] We also know that people who want an abortion and who are refused are four times more likely than others to end up in poverty,” adds Ms.me hicks.
Planned Parenthood says it has treated at least 80 out-of-state patients in California every month since last September when Texas drastically tightened abortion requirements.
Covering Northern California and neighboring Nevada, the Mar Monte facility is preparing to welcome between 250 and 500 additional patients per week if “Roe v. Wade” is broken.
A new abortion center will open in Reno, near the airport and other transportation hubs, to facilitate the arrival of women from other states, Planned Parenthood says on its website.
California, which has been distinguished for vehement opposition to former President Donald Trump’s ultra-conservative policies, had already passed legislation in 2014 forcing employers and private insurance companies to include abortion reimbursement in their health insurance plans.