California launches website promoting abortion services

ByNic Garcia via KFSN logo
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
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California launched a website to promote the state's abortion services, listing clinics and linking to financial help for travel and lodging.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California launched a new website Tuesday to promote the state's abortion services.

The state invested $1 million into this website. It's part of California Gov. Gavin Newsom's effort to provide greater access to abortion following the overturning of Roe V. Wade.

"Abortion remains legal and protected in California. We have your back," Newsom said in a video message.

It provides information on what people both in and outside of California can do to access abortion services in the state.

The site lists clinics and links for those seeking an abortion to get financial help for travel and lodging.

Anti-abortion rights advocates say the website goes too far.

"The website is an example of extreme legislation that the legislature has passed and signed over the course of this year to turn California into a sanctuary state for abortion," said John Gerardi, executive director of Right to Life of Central California.

California's current budget includes $200 million dollars to strengthen abortion services.

Abortion rights opponents say they want to see that money spent elsewhere, while the Governor and abortion rights advocates say the investment is necessary to protect healthcare and a woman's right to choose.

Newsom announced the website the same day Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina introduced a bill that would ban abortions nationwide after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Graham portrayed his bill as a "responsible alternative" to what he says are the permissive laws favored by Democrats.

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"That's their agenda," Newsom tweeted. "CA's fighting back."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.