When does California guarantee the right to abortion?
- If the fetus cannot survive outside the womb, a pregnant person can seek an abortion for any reason.
- After viability, only if continuing the pregnancy threatens the life or health of the pregnant person.
When is a fetus considered viable?
- It’s up to a physician’s “good faith medical judgement” — in practicality, most doctors consider a fetus viable at 24 weeks or once a fetus weighs 500 grams.
Can someone refuse to provide an abortion?
- Yes, individual medical professionals can, but someone seeking an abortion may request another provider.
- Only religious non-profit hospitals and clinics can have blanket bans.
Do minors require parental consent to get an abortion?
- No. Case law in California established that minors may obtain an abortion without parent or guardian consent.