Saturday, October 16, 2021

California governor signs laws aimed at ensuring access to abortion

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two laws on Wednesday to ensure women have access to abortion.

California Assembly Bill 1356 increases penalties for offenses established by the California Freedom of Access to Clinics Act, including posting the home address or home telephone number of abortion providers. The bill changes the offenses from a felony to a felony and makes it so that violators of the law face more jail time and higher fines.

Violators faced up to six months in prison and fines of up to $2,500. They now face up to one year in prison and fines of up to $10,000, as well as fines of up to $50,000 for violations.

The bill also creates new offenses for recording or taking photographs of patients or providers within 100 feet of an abortion clinic entrance.

The second law, California Assembly Bill 1184, prohibits health insurers from sharing information about people receiving “sensitive services,” including abortions, in many cases.

“The reason we needed this is at this point in time when a patient is on someone else’s health insurance, such as a parent or spouse, unfortunately there is a real risk that insurers will be able to provide information about sensitive health services such as fertility care, gender confirmation, etc. send communications into the policyholder instead of patient care, substance abuse care, mental health care,” state legislature David Chiu, a Democrat who sponsored the bill, said during a virtual press conference.

Newsom, a Democrat who has just survived the recall battle, said new laws protecting access to abortion are important, especially given the passage of anti-abortion laws in states like Texas and the passage of Roe v. In light of the impending Supreme Court ruling on Wade.

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“God forbid the cry be reversed,” Newsom said during the briefing, adding that “we are reaffirming the constitutionally protected fundamental rights of women to deserve safe and accessible reproductive and sexual health care.” Huh.”

Bills did a bit of a scuffle. All Republican state senators this month urged Newsom to veto Assembly Bill 1184. He said it prevents parents from being informed when children under the age of 12 receive medical services such as abortions.

“We must encourage parents and families to be involved in their children’s lives, not put them further away,” wrote State Sen. Rossie Ochoa Bogg and other lawmakers.

The California Family Council also opposed the bill. Group president Jonathan Keller said an insurance policy owner “is entitled to know what medical procedures they are paying for.”

Others spoke out in favor of the new laws.

“Access is grateful to our fellow advocates and the legislature that California maintains its reputation as a reproductive freedom state,” said Jessica Pinckney, executive director of Access Reproductive Justice.

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Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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