The future of the fight

In the final days of the legislative session, lawmakers took a strong stand on abortion rights, sending 13 reproductive health bills to Newsom for his signature. Collectively, the bills aim to improve access to abortion by removing cost barriers for low-income women — both in- and out-of-state — and protecting medical staff from criminal and civil liability as a result of performing abortions.

The bills are the result of 45 recommendations from the California Future of Abortion Council, which Newsom convened in September 2021 to examine reproductive rights. As the national abortion landscape has rapidly shifted following the fall of Roe, state lawmakers added provisions into the package ensuring digital privacy and legal protections for people who travel to California for an abortion.

Three measures from the full abortion package were signed earlier this year, one of which gives voters the chance to decide in November whether abortion should be explicitly protected in the state constitution. One measure — AB 2529 — was pulled by the author after its provisions were incorporated into the state budget.

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