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California’s “No-Kill” Hypocrisy

The Hypocrisy of California’s “No-Kill” Animal Shelters vs. Expanded Abortion Funding

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently allocated $50 million to end animal euthanasia in the state’s shelters. Despite this, more pets are being euthanized than ever before, according to a recent Sacramento Bee article. This glaring inconsistency becomes even more troubling when contrasted with the state’s aggressive promotion and funding of abortion services.

In 2020, Newsom pledged $50 million to make California a “no-kill state” for shelter animals. Three years later, the state’s animal shelters are euthanizing more healthy, adoptable dogs and cats than ever. The initiative, named “California for All Animals,” has spent more than half of the allocated funds but has failed to significantly reduce animal euthanasia rates.

Abortion Funding: A Stark Contrast

But while the state struggles to save animals, it has no qualms about spending taxpayer money to end human life. California’s recent state budget includes $205 million to “strengthen access” to abortion in California, including $1 million to build a website promoting abortion services (AP News). Additionally, California is preparing to spend up to $20 million to bring women from other states to its abortion clinics (The Guardian).

The state has also launched a website, Abortion.CA.Gov, to provide information on how, where, and when to access abortion services. This website serves as a hub for both residents and non-residents to find abortion services in California.

Governor Newsom has even taken the campaign beyond California’s borders. He initiated a billboard campaign in several red states, advertising California as an “abortion sanctuary” (CNN).

Moral Contradictions

The inconsistency in California’s approach to life is deeply troubling. On one hand, the state is willing to spend millions to prevent the euthanasia of animals, acknowledging the value of their lives. On the other hand, it actively funds the termination of human life in the womb, disregarding the sanctity and inherent value of unborn children.

This discrepancy is not just a political issue but a moral and ethical one. The Bible clearly teaches the value of human life, created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27, ESV). How can a state that seeks to preserve the lives of animals so casually dismiss the lives of the unborn?

The stark contrast between the state’s approach to animal life and human life is not just inconsistent; it’s morally troubling. While animals are God’s creation and deserve humane treatment, human life, made in the image of God, should be valued above all.


California’s contrasting policies on animal euthanasia and abortion reveal a disturbing inconsistency in the state’s value system. It’s time for California to reevaluate its priorities and align its policies with the sanctity of life for humans, not just animals.


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