Newsom Targets Neighboring State’s Women

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Only a week after Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced legislation in California aiming to assist Arizonians who needed to get an abortion, the bill is back on his desk. 

Senate Bill 233 would allow Arizona abortion providers to quickly receive approval in order to move their services and work to California. This new legislation was introduced after Arizona’s Supreme Court made a ruling that has almost completely banned all abortions. The ruling has since been repealed. 

The bill was introduced by the Californian governor who has slammed the state GOP in Arizona for having shot down the attempts to have the 1864 abortion law in their state repealed. His office further argued that this was an “emergency legislation” and that Newsom had been prompted to introduce it after receiving from Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes (D) a call to action. 

The legislation would give Arizona’s doctors the ability to be licensed to operate across the neighboring state borders. On Tuesday the California Senate had held a vote which ended 30-8 in favor of the bill. 

Newsom is likely to sign the bill as soon as he returns from his trip to the Vatican. 

When he first introduced the bill he argued that it was a “valuable stopgap” and that it would help close the gap in health care that has been created during this critical time. This is because the Arizona abortion bill could remain in place for up to a few months because of the way the legislative processes currently are. 

Planned Parenthood of California has stated following the introduction of the legislation that the state would need additional resources in order to handle the out-of-state people who could arrive seeking abortion services.

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