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California’s Proposed Spending Plan Would Expand Abortion Rights

Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced a proposed $125 million spending package to prepare for the influx of people seeking reproductive health care across the country. This decision is a direct reaction to the leaked draft opinion of the United States Supreme Court suggesting that the historic 1973 decision Roe v. Wade will be overturned, upsetting decades of abortion protections for women. -LGBTQ+ states.| VIDEO BELOW | Planned Parenthood in California expects an increase in out-of-state abortion patients “California will not sit idly by as extremists roll back our basic constitutional rights; we will fight like hell, making sure that all women — not just those in California — know that this state continues to recognize and protect their basic human rights,” Newsom said in a statement. of California Health Care, expand access to services for patients, and help prepare for the expected surge of people in California seeking reproductive health care in other states.The plan initially called for 68 million, but Wednesday’s announcement added another $57 million, according to a statement from the governor’s office.Here’s where the $57 million would go, according to the press release. cost of care for low- to moderate-income patients who do not have abortion services included in their health care coverage. a website that provides accurate and up-to-date information about abortion rights under state law, as well as information about reproductive health care providers and health service coverage options, including including coverage and publicly funded programs. unmet needs for access to reproductive health care services,” according to the governor’s statement. The governor also plans to urge businesses based in anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ+ states to relocate to California or increase their presence in the state. California already pays for some abortions through its Medicaid program, the taxpayer-funded health insurance plan for the poor and disabled. But some women don’t qualify for Medicaid and don’t have private health insurance. When this happens, clinics sometimes perform free abortions, known as “unpaid care”. While the grants could potentially pay for abortions for women from other states, the money would not allow those women to travel to or stay in California. Leaking opinion from the nation’s highest court, California lawmakers have been busy preparing to position the state as an abortion sanctuary. Newsom, along with other legislative leaders, is working to add an amendment to the California constitution that would clarify abortion as a protected right. The idea of ​​the proposed amendment is to guarantee the right to choose, regardless of what happens at the state or federal level.Related | California Lawmakers Are Pushing For Stronger Abortion Rights Following Project Roe v. Wade Currently, the $125 million spending plan remains only a proposal. Newsom plans to unveil his revised budget for the state on Friday. | VIDEO BELOW | Full Interview: Rep. Doris Matsui Responds to Leaked Supreme Court Draft Opinion on Abortion — The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced a proposed $125 million spending package to prepare for the influx of people seeking reproductive health care across the country.

This decision is a direct reaction to the leaked draft opinion of the United States Supreme Court suggesting that the historic 1973 decision Roe v. Wade will be overturned, upsetting decades of abortion protections for women.

The spending plan would also accommodate businesses based in anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ+ states.

| VIDEO BELOW | Planned Parenthood in California expects increase in out-of-state abortion patients

“California will not sit idly by as extremists roll back our basic constitutional rights; we will fight like hell, making sure all women – not just those in California – know that this state continues to recognize and to protect their fundamental rights,” Newsom said in a statement.

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The spending plan aims to expand California’s health care infrastructure, expand access to services for patients and help prepare for the expected surge of people who will come to California to seek health care. reproduction in other states. The plan originally called for $68 million, but Wednesday’s announcement added another $57 million, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

Here’s where the $57 million would go, according to the release.

  • $40 million for grants to reproductive health care providers to offset the cost of care for low-to-moderate income patients who do not have abortion services included in their health care coverage.
  • $15 million for outreach and education on sexual and reproductive health issues to be done by community organizations.
  • $1 million to dedicate a website that provides accurate and up-to-date information on abortion rights under state law, as well as information on reproductive health care providers and coverage options health services, including publicly funded coverage and programs.
  • $1 million “for research regarding unmet needs for access to reproductive health care services,” according to the governor’s statement.

The governor also plans to urge businesses based in anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ+ states to relocate to California or increase their presence in the state.

California already pays for some abortions through its Medicaid program, the taxpayer-funded health insurance plan for the poor and disabled.

But some women aren’t eligible for Medicaid and don’t have private health insurance. When this happens, clinics sometimes perform free abortions, called “unpaid care.”

While the grants could potentially pay for abortions for women from other states, the money would not allow those women to travel to or stay in California.

Since the opinion of the nation’s highest court leaked, California lawmakers have been preparing to position the state as an abortion sanctuary. Newsom, along with other legislative leaders, is working to add an amendment to the California constitution that would clarify abortion as a protected right. The idea of ​​the proposed amendment is to guarantee the right to choose, regardless of what happens at the state level or at the federal level.

Related | California Lawmakers Push For Stronger Abortion Rights After Project Roe v. wade

At present, the $125 million spending plan is only a proposal. Newsom plans to unveil his revised budget for the state on Friday.

| VIDEO BELOW | Full interview: Representative Doris Matsui reacts to leaked Supreme Court draft opinion on abortion

The Associated Press contributed to this report.