Currently in California, abortion is legal up to the point of viability, unless the mother’s life or health is endangered. While this is already extreme, Democrats are pushing for more.
Immediately following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Govover Gavin Newsom signed onto a multi-state pact and vowed to make California a “safe haven” for those seeking abortions. Unfortunately, he and his Democratic colleagues are following through on this promise.
This November, voters will have the opportunity to vote on a Constitutional amendment that would codify abortion “rights” in California. If the amendment is passed, it will protect all of California’s current abortion laws on the books, including the bills on Newsom’s desk that will decriminalize abortion up to the moment of birth and beyond, if he signs them..
The Right to Reproductive Freedom Act reads as follows:
“The state shall not deny or interfere with an individual’s reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions, which includes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives. This section is intended to further the constitutional right to privacy guaranteed by Section 1, and the constitutional right to not be denied equal protection guaranteed by Section 7. Nothing herein narrows or limits the right to privacy or equal protection.”
Democrats are trying to protect abortion under the guise of “reproductive freedom,” but abortion has nothing to do with one’s choice to reproduce. As conservative commentator and author Matt Walsh writes, “Abortion has nothing to do with ‘reproductive rights.’ Once the baby exists, reproduction is over. You can’t prevent what already happened.”
California Family Council president Jonathan Keller calls the proposed amendment “extreme, even for a state like California. …Many people who identify as pro-choice still reject the idea of abortions ending the lives of viable children late in pregnancy,” he continued.
Generally, an unborn baby is considered viable at 24 weeks, but their development begins at conception. At just eight weeks, unborn children feel pain, and at ten weeks, most of their organs are completely formed. Allowing unborn children at any stage of development to be killed in the womb is barbaric, and removing the ban on late-term abortions would mean that even more children will be subject to the pain and violence of abortion.
Democrats are attempting to protect abortion at local levels as well. Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the battle over abortion has made its way to city councils and county commissions. In July, Irvine City Council voted to approve a resolution establishing “reproductive freedom” as a fundamental “right.” The resolution “supports the State of California’s efforts to add a Constitutional Amendment protecting a woman’s right to choose and stop local municipalities from implementing anti-abortion policies.” The council also urged “federal elected officials to pass legislation codifying the full right to abortion.”
Further, the Fresno city council proposed a budget allocating $1 million in taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood. Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer vetoed the budget amendment, but the council’s pro-abortion supermajority is likely to override it.
California Family Council is working with local, state, and national allies to expose the horrifying truth about abortion and these pieces of legislation. Every unborn child, from the moment of conception, deserves protection in California.
Find out more information on CFC’s Prop 1 information page.