States look to California’s blueprint for a post-Roe world


Now, Maine Democrats are pushing a invoice to get rid of copays for abortion, a coverage California enacted final yr and that Bonta is defending in courtroom from a lawsuit filed by anti-abortion disaster being pregnant facilities.
And in Minnesota, the place Democrats flipped management of the legislature within the 2022 midterms, lawmakers are pushing the Reproductive Freedom Protection Act that replicates a number of California insurance policies aimed toward defending sufferers and suppliers from authorized peril.
“One of many locations we seemed to for inspiration was the blueprint that got here out of California,” Democratic state Sen. Erin Maye Quade stated in an interview. “Minnesota has by no means had a reproductive freedom majority in each chambers, ever, in its historical past, till now. So it was a brand new muscle we needed to develop.”
California’s instance, she added, was “tremendous useful.”
Illinois simply handed a regulation to guard docs treating out-of-state sufferers, as California did final yr. And Missouri and Washington lawmakers have launched payments much like California’s that might stop state officers and regulation enforcement from acquiring private medical information from interval trackers and different well being apps.
Massachusetts’ regulation to make abortion tablets out there on public faculty and college campuses, impressed by California’s and handed in July, is ready to take impact later this yr. And New York could also be proper behind them.
“Every state is, clearly, totally different, however we positively are watching what [California] is doing,” stated New York Democratic Assemblymember Amy Paulin, who chairs the well being committee in Albany. “Like them, we have now to offer entry, to the most effective of our potential, for individuals in our states and permit individuals to come back right here and avail themselves of it as nicely.”
New York lawmakers additionally voted Tuesday to place a constitutional modification codifying abortion rights on the poll in 2024 — one thing California did final yr.
Maryland lawmakers lately invited Bonta to testify as they debated their very own measures to protect abortion suppliers and their sufferers from prosecution, and California officers met with Vice President Kamala Harris, previously the state’s legal professional normal, to stroll her by means of the brand new insurance policies and supply recommendation for different states that need to observe go well with.
The Newsom administration created an internet site that lists the entire actions the state has taken associated to abortion — administrative, government and legislative — with the complete invoice language out there ought to any legislator in one other state need to copy it.
“The kind of combat we’re having right here is going on elsewhere within the nation, so there’s no must reinvent the wheel,” stated Julia Spiegel, the deputy authorized secretary for Newsom.

California Legal professional Normal Rob Bonta speaks throughout a protest in regards to the Supreme Court docket’s determination to overthrow Roe v. Wade, Might 3, 2022, in San Francisco.
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Changing into an ‘abortion sanctuary’
California’s new abortion legal guidelines had been crafted to serve two functions: To shore up protections for individuals looking for and offering abortions and to develop entry to the process.
Within the first class are legal guidelines that block California regulation enforcement and personal corporations from cooperating with different states that try to prosecute somebody over an abortion carried out in California and legal guidelines that additionally block out-of-state subpoenas and requests for details about the process. There’s additionally a brand new regulation to protect individuals within the state from legal and civil legal responsibility in the event that they expertise a miscarriage — a direct response to a prosecutor in Kings County who jailed two California girls in recent times over alleged drug use throughout being pregnant that resulted in stillbirth.
Different new state legal guidelines are aimed toward making ready California’s clinics to take care of the hundreds of sufferers from across the nation who’re already touring from anti-abortion states — and ensuring that inflow doesn’t impede California residents’ entry.

A Deliberate Parenthood location in Pasadena, Calif. gives abortions to sufferers.
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Greater than $200 million in state funding has been allotted to assist individuals from different states pay for journey, lodging and different wants, reimburse docs for offering abortions to individuals unable to afford them, and assist clinics rent and practice extra suppliers.
Most of that funding has but to be dispersed. However as clinics within the state proceed to be inundated with sufferers six months after the autumn of Roe, Dipti Singh, the overall counsel for Deliberate Parenthood of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley, stated different new state legal guidelines are already having an affect. Amongst them: a swifter and simpler course of for out-of-state suppliers to develop into licensed in California present new authorized protections for medical employees who carry out the process.
“We had been afraid many suppliers would say they wouldn’t do abortions [on out-of-state patients] anymore due to the non-public {and professional} dangers. However we’re simply not seeing that,” she stated. “And sufferers are persevering with to come back throughout as a result of California goes above and past to make sure it’s a reproductive freedom state.”
State officers, together with Newsom, aren’t simply bracing for touring sufferers — they’re actively courting them.
Along with paying for billboards final yr in South Dakota, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas selling the state as an “abortion sanctuary,” the Newsom administration launched a web-based device to assist individuals across the nation discover a California supplier, make an appointment and study in regards to the state’s new authorized protections and monetary helps.
Within the 4 months because the website launched, the governor’s workplace instructed POLITICO, there have been almost 60,000 distinctive guests and almost 60 p.c of them are from outdoors of California.