California wants to be an abortion haven once Roe v. Wade falls. How many people would visit?

May 4, 2022

On Tuesday, Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento highlighted a package of bills moving through the Legislature intended to shore up abortion access in California.

The bills include a measure to create a fund to pay for abortions for low-income people. The state’s health insurance program for low-income Californians, Medi-Cal, already covers abortion services, but lawmakers said the money could further expand access to low-income people and could fund abortions for women from other states.

Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat who is co-authoring the legislation, said that she wants the state to use some of its multibillion-dollar surplus to start the fund but that ultimately she anticipates private donations will provide most of the money.

State Senate leader Toni Atkins of San Diego introduced a bill to let nurse practitioners perform first-trimester abortions without being under a doctor’s supervision.


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