Governor Newsom declares California a ‘reproductive freedom state’

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed two bills on Wednesday, in effort to make reproductive healthcare more accessible and to protect the privacy of abortion providers and patients.

In response to Texas’ new abortion law, Newsom saw it fit to upscale the protection of human sexual and reproductive rights. The first of these bills passed by Newsom (AB 1356) is designed to increase penalties for crimes against the California Freedom of Access to Clinic Act. This bill also updates the privacy laws for online. This prevents any recordings or photography of providers or patients at any reproductive health facility within 100 feet. If someone does break that law they can be sentenced to jail for a year or fined up to $10,000.

The second bill signed (AB 1184) protects all California patient’s privacy by keeping any information of reproductive healthcare or gender-affirming care confidential. This bill was authored by David Chui a democratic assemblyman. Now those seeking this type of sensitive healthcare can do so privately.

David Chui states the importance of this bill by claiming “This violation of privacy has put them in a terrible and, in some instances, an even dangerous position. If you’re receiving sensitive health services, only you should get confidential communications about it.” This bill is designed and implemented to protect those using these reproductive health services and to keep their special medical care private.

In 2019 Newsom signed a Proclamation of Reproductive Freedom showing the commitment California has to the freedom they provide women for their reproductive choices. “California has been a leader in protecting access to sexual and reproductive rights, but as we’ve seen recently with unprecedented attacks on these rights, we can and must do more,” said Governor Newsom. 


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