California Launches Abortion Website in Response to Republican Assault
The website represents Gov. Gavin Newsom's effort to present California as an alternative to Republican-led states with more restrictive abortion laws.
California gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced that his state has launched a new website that aims to assist people, both inside and outside of California, with information about abortions, their legal rights, where to find providers, how to pay for services and financial assistance, and ways to locate wellness and emotional support, Axios reported.
“Abortion is legal, safe and accessible here in California—whether or not you live here, know that we have your back,” Newsom said in a release, adding that the website will not collect personal information about visitors.
“As Republican states continue rolling back fundamental civil rights and even try to prevent people from accessing information online or crossing state lines for care, you’re welcome here in California and we’ll continue to fight like hell for you,” he continued.
Abortion.ca.gov will feature an interactive “Find a Provider” tool for users to search for health-care providers throughout the state, as well as information for those who live outside of California about the legal right to an abortion and traveling to the state to receive services. The site will be available in Spanish and will be translated into several additional languages.
“People who seek abortion and related reproductive care are in a vulnerable place, particularly because of the obstacles they face, such as the lack of transportation, lodging, wage support or sick leave, and childcare,” Sen. Anna Caballero (D-CA) said in a statement.
“For those outside of California who seek an abortion, these barriers increase exponentially. With the ongoing attack on the right to abortion in many other states, initiatives to increase protections are needed now more than ever,” she added.
The website’s launch comes on the heels of a bill introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that would ban abortion nationally after fifteen weeks. Called the Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act, the measure includes exceptions for abortions that are necessary to save the life of the mother or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. It would also not affect state laws that are already more restrictive.
“Abortion is not banned in America. It's left up to the elected officials in America to define the issue,” Graham said while unveiling the legislation on Capitol Hill. “States have the ability to do it at the state level, and we have the ability in Washington to speak on this issue if we choose. I have chosen to speak. I have chosen to craft legislation that I think is eminently reasonable in the eyes of the world and I hope the American people.”
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Finance and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.