California Governor Gavin Newsom approves bill allowing Arizona doctors to perform abortions in California

Arizona has recently passed a new law that permits abortion providers in the state to carry out the procedure in California. This temporary measure aims to provide more flexibility and options for individuals seeking abortions in Arizona.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has swiftly implemented a new bill in response to a recent ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court. The ruling declared that a near-total abortion ban from 1864 can be enforced within the state. Governor Newsom’s action ensures that the bill takes effect immediately.

Patients in Arizona would have the opportunity to receive abortion services from their local healthcare providers in California until November 30th, according to the proposed law.

In a statement on Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, expressed his opposition to the attempts made by Arizona Republicans to pass a near-total abortion ban in their state. Newsom firmly stated that he and his administration refuse to passively accept these oppressive and dangerous attacks on women, emphasizing the need to stand up against such regressive measures.

The future of Arizona’s 1864 ban, which currently lacks exceptions for rape or incest, remains uncertain. The state Supreme Court has delayed its implementation by a few months, which means that the 15-week abortion ban in Arizona will be in effect until September 26, as confirmed by the Arizona attorney general’s office.

The California Legislative Women’s Caucus has taken the lead in crafting the state’s legislation. State Sen. Nancy Skinner, the chair of the caucus, expressed that the newly enacted law could serve as a safe haven for women in Arizona seeking abortion services once the 1864 statute comes into effect.

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California Senator Skinner expressed her support for Arizona women seeking healthcare in California. She emphasized the importance of allowing these women to receive care from their trusted doctors. Skinner stated that California is committed to providing essential reproductive care and ensuring that those in need have access to it.

Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs has signed a repeal of the ban on May 2nd. However, it is important to note that the repeal will not go into effect until 90 days after the legislative session of the Legislature ends, which is expected to be in July.

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