California beefing up resources to prepare for an influx of women coming for abortion.
With the possibility of a reversal on federal abortion rights following a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion on Roe v. Wade published Monday night by Politico, local California politicians are preparing for the potential results. The draft, written by Justice Samuel Alito in February, advocates for the overturn of the landmark abortion ruling that legalized abortion across the U.S. The Supreme Court has verified the authenticity of the leaked document, adding that "it does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case," and a final ruling has not been set or determined at this time.
California politicians and local leaders, many of whom expressed shock and a renewed commitment to abortion rights, are gearing up to enact more local protections and additional resources to support an anticipated influx of individuals more than likely to seek safe abortions in California. Governor Gavin Newsom released a statement saying, "This draft opinion is an appalling attack on the rights of women across this country and if it stands, it will destroy lives and put countless women in danger."
A constitutional amendment introduced Monday night by Governor Newsom and Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), would "enshrine the right to choose in our state constitution so that there is no doubt as to the right to abortion in this state," according to an official statement.