California Goes All in on Abortion Promotion

California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants you to know how much he approves abortion.

On Wednesday, he announced $57 million in state funding to promote abortion—on top of $68 million he announced in January. The package includes $40 million for low-income women to have abortions, $15 million to support pro-abortion activism, $1 million each to keep an abortion website, and to explore other avenues to finance the abortion industry.

In light of a bill sailing through the legislature (so far it has passed three Senate committees with a combined vote of 23-3), Newsom’s announcement amounts to sponsoring abortion tourism.

Below SB 1142 (which has sailed through), the state’s Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (can you define those terms, please?) would administer an Abortion Practical Support Fund which accepts any and all donations to sponsor abortion—essentially a GoFundMe campaign—which is partly targeted at patients who “come from out of state.” The bill also provides for state-sponsored advertisements about how to obtain an abortion (as if anyone doesn’t know) and explicitly “declares” that “abortion care is a constitutional right.”

Newsom’s funding and SB 1142 are part of a blizzard of pro-abortion bills sweeping through California’s legislature. He signed the law in March. SB 245This eliminates insurance copays for abortions. A huge win for committees (18-5 sofar) is also the following: Assembly Bill 2223, which would decriminalize “actions or omissions with respect to… perinatal death [aka after the child is born] due to a pregnancy-related cause,” which blurs the line with infanticide if not outright permitting it.

California Family Policy Council maintains an extensive list of the most concerning bills (on abortion and other issues), which includes:

  • California is prohibited from cooperating in civil laws regarding abortion in other states by AB 1666
  • AB 1918 provides scholarships for training in abortion.
  • AB 1940 provides grants to schools in K-12 for abortion services
  • AB 2091 prohibits release of medical information related to violation of another state’s abortion law
  • AB 2134 requires written notice from insurance companies that do not cover abortion to be provided
  • AB 2586 targets pro-life pregnancy centers as “fake clinics”
  • AB 2790 repeals the reporting requirement when doctors suspect abuse is taking places

Do elected officials in Sacramento have nothing better to do than sit around and think up ways to kill other people’s unborn children? Not quite. Newsom shifted that unpleasant responsibility to the California Future of Abortion Council, a cabal of over 40 abortion industry advocates, including eight Planned Parenthood affiliates, which gave the state government “45 policy recommendations relating to seven main areas of focus.” It seems that this sudden rash of bills is simply the state giving the abortion lobby everything they asked for.

Why is California’s government so zealous for abortion? In part, California is responding to anticipation of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which may overturn Roe v. Wade and return abortion policy back to the states, according to a draft opinion leaked last week.

But it’s more than that. Newsom has been a supporter of abortion tourism for many years. He did so even before 2019, in the misty pre-COVID future. signed a proclamation “welcoming women to California” for abortions. Additionally, the FAB Council’s report and Newsom’s January budget were both released before the draft Dobbs opinion was leaked. We must conclude that California Democrats want more abortions. Leftists like to complain about greedy corporations getting sweet deals from the government at the expense of the general public—but that’s exactly what’s happening in California with abortion businesses.

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of California’s quasi-religious extremism is the religious undertone. “We’ll be a sanctuary,” promised Newsom—that is, a place that is safe because it is sacred. But who, or what is safe? This is not true for unborn babies, whose lives are ended, or mothers who face life-threatening guilt. Only the right to end a baby’s life, a staple of demonic cults for millennia, is protected by this sinister “sanctuary.” When the draft opinion was leaked, Newsom declared, “we are going to fight like hell,” but what he meant as an expletive is quite literally true.

God blessed Adam and Eve by commanding them, “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28), and all Scripture reaffirms that “the fruit of the womb [is] a reward” (Psalm 127:3). Many people today want to extinguish their offspring in order to avoid the natural consequences resulting from their sexual immorality.

The consequences—children—are good gifts from God. “Let the children come to me,” said Jesus; “do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14). California has been a leader in this area. To prevent children from living at their bestYou will be the one to pay.

Original publication by Family Research Council.

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