Sacramento, Calif., Dec 9, 2021 / 16:30 pm
A coalition of abortion advocates in California have introduced a plan to make the state a “sanctuary” for women seeking the procedure, should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn legalized abortion nationwide.
“We’ll be a sanctuary,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a recent interview with the Associated Press. Newsom founded the California Future of Abortion Council, which released the 45-point plan this week. The governor told the AP that some of the report’s suggestions would be included in his next budget proposal.
The recommendations include the possibility of subsidizing travel, lodging, and childcare for people traveling from other states to procure an abortion. The report also recommends an extension of California’s Medicaid coverage of abortion to include low-income patients from other states who would qualify for coverage if they were residents, according to the AP.
Other recommendations include scholarships and student loan assistance for medical students who agree to perform abortions in rural parts of California.