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California Legislature Passes Bill To
Protect Abortion Providers And
Patients

On Thursday California lawmakers passed a bill to protect abortion providers as well as
patients from civil suits and penalties in other states. The next step for what lawmakers
are calling Assembly Bill 1666 is to have Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who
supports abortion rights, sign the bill. It would take effect immediately with his signature.

This measure comes in response to laws in states such as Texas and Oklahoma, which
have illegalized abortions at early points of pregnancy as well as encourage private
citizens to bring civil suits against anyone who is believed to be involved assisting or
obtaining an abortion. It also comes just before the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v.
Wade, which many believe will be overturned.

AXIOS Magazine reports that the bill specifically says that other state abortion laws
enforced by civil action are “contary to the public policy of California.” AB 1666 would
exclude California state courts from holding hearings on legal cases that were filed
under other states’ bans.

“It puts up a legal shield for our doctors, providers and patients against attacks from the
radical-right extremists who seek to strip women of their fundamental right” California
state Assembly member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan said.

“[AB 1666] creates the protections to make California a legal sanctuary for reproductive
choice,” Kahan continued.

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