Governor Newsom released a preview of the revised budget - making abortion free - with $57 million for abortion care package.
Most of the new funding, approximately $40 million, will fund “grants to reproductive health care providers to offset the cost of providing care to low- and moderate-income individuals who do not have health care coverage for abortion care services,” a news release said. Governor Newsom plans to elect the majority of the additional $17 million on grants for community organizations, specializing in conduct outreach and sexual and reproductive education and health issues. The remainder would go toward creating a “comprehensive reproductive rights website” and researching reproductive healthcare access issues.
Following the breaking Supreme Court draft opinion leak, Governor Newsom joined legislative leaders in calling for an abortion rights amendment to the state constitution. “California will not stand idly by as extremists roll back our basic constitutional rights,” Governor Newsom said in the release. “We’re going to fight like hell, making sure that all women — not just those in California — know that this state continues to recognize and protect their fundamental rights.”