‘States must step up’: Governor welcomes women to visit California for abortion access

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Among several points upholding the 1973 Roe V. Wade decision, Newsom’s “Proclamation on Reproductive Rights” contrasted California from other states enacting “extreme laws that violate the fundamental rights of women.”

He went on to write that “California will continue to uphold women’s equality and liberty by protecting their reproductive freedom, educating Californians about their rights to reproductive freedom, welcoming women to California to fully exercise their reproductive rights and acting as a model for other states that want to ensure full reproductive freedom for women.”

Newsom expressed the same sentiment in a joint letter also signed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

The governors declared that in “the absence of federal leadership on this issue, states must step up and put in place their own protections – both in statute and in their state constitutions, and through the expansion of family planning and education – to defend every American’s right to reproductive freedom.”