A California bill could earmark taxpayer money for women who live out of state and are seeking to obtain abortions in the state of California.
According to The Christian Post, Democratic Senators Anna Caballero and Nancy Skinner introduced Senate Bill 1142 last week in California.
Under the bill, the California Health and Human Services Agency or similar agency would be responsible for updating a website where the public could easily find information on abortion services.
The bill would also create an “Abortion Practical Support Fund” and “require the commission to administer the Abortion Practical Support Fund for the purpose of providing grants, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to assist pregnant people who are low income or face other financial barriers with access to abortions in California, and for research to support equitable access to abortion.”
The bill comes as lawmakers say they are worried that the landmark Roe v. Wade case, which legalized abortion, could be overturned soon.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to rule this year in the Mississippi case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. If the court rules in favor of the state and upholds the state’s 15-week abortion ban, the ruling could reverse or weaken Roe v. Wade.
If the case is reversed, the bill says that “people in over one-half of the states in the country, over 36,000,000 women and other people who may become pregnant, will lose access to abortion care.
“California is committed to building upon existing protections to the right to abortion and implement innovative and bold programs and policies to truly be a reproductive freedom state,” the bill reads.
Skinner also talked about the bill, saying California would not “stand idly by” if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
“With SB 1142, California sends a clear message to the rest of the nation: We are fully committed to ensuring that California women and those who may seek refuge here have access to all reproductive services, including abortion,” she said.
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.