What the Texas Abortion Law Means for California

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Exploring the aboriginal of termination entree successful the state.

Soumya Karlamangla

Sept. 9, 2021, 8:28 a.m. ET


A protestation  astatine  the Texas State Capitol successful  Austin past  week. 
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The near-total prohibition connected abortions successful Texas that began past week has reverberated crossed the nation, with termination rights advocates fearful of what’s to travel arsenic lawmakers successful immoderate states pledge to travel suit.

But the looming question successful caller days has been what volition hap to Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that legalized termination nationwide. Some experts accidental the Supreme Court’s determination to allow the strict Texas authorities to spell into effect suggests it whitethorn soon overturn what has been the instrumentality of the onshore for astir 50 years.

But what does immoderate of this mean for wide California? The authorities is location to much than a 4th of the nation’s termination facilities, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a probe radical that supports termination rights.

I reached retired to experts to find retired however the Texas instrumentality and the imaginable repeal of Roe v. Wade could impact California, wherever much than 100,000 abortions are performed each year.

These were the main takeaways:

The close to an termination is enshrined successful our State Constitution, and the caller Texas instrumentality doesn’t impact that.

If the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade, which could hap adjacent spring, the close to an termination would beryllium determined by authorities laws.

California and 13 different states, arsenic good arsenic Washington, D.C., person laws connected the books that would support abortions legal, according to information from the Guttmacher Institute.

In 22 different states, termination would astir apt rapidly go amerciable if Roe were overturned. An America without Roe is not 1 without immoderate ineligible abortion, but 1 with wildly unequal access, as my colleagues person reported.

Some radical successful states wherever it’s hard to get abortions whitethorn question to California for treatment. In 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a proclamation “welcoming women to California to afloat workout their reproductive rights.”

Last year, Planned Parenthood clinics successful California treated 7,000 patients from different states, a ample information of whom were from Texas, according to Shannon Olivieri Hovis, manager of NARAL Pro-Choice California.

Abortion laws successful states person to Texas whitethorn see waiting periods oregon different restrictions that deter women from seeking attraction there, said Dr. Daniel Grossman, a reproductive sciences prof astatine the University of California, San Francisco.

“While California is geographically beauteous acold from Texas it whitethorn marque consciousness for immoderate radical to get connected a level and travel here,” Grossman told me. “I deliberation we volition arsenic providers present successful California beryllium prepared for accrued request for services.”

Nationwide, 38 percent of reproductive-age women unrecorded successful a region without an termination clinic, according to Guttmacher. In Texas, earlier the caller law, that fraction was 43 percent.

In California, it’s 3 percent.


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Over the past week, Newsom has seized upon the Texas determination to rally voters. He warned connected Twitter that the prohibition “could beryllium the aboriginal of CA” if the callback were successful.

The stakes consciousness precocious for galore termination supporters: “There’s nary worse timing perchance imaginable than a satellite wherever California ends up with an anti-choice politician astatine a clip erstwhile Roe v. Wade falls and termination rights spell backmost to the states,” Olivieri Hovis told me.

But portion it’s existent that Larry Elder, the leading replacement candidate, has called termination “murder” and said Roe v. Wade was “one of the worst decisions” by the Supreme Court, anybody who replaces Newsom mightiness not beryllium capable to bash that overmuch to rotation backmost termination rights.

Amending the State Constitution requires support from much than 50 percent of voters, a borderline hard to execute fixed the widespread enactment for termination here. And an overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature would astir apt reason termination restrictions.

A caller politician whitethorn beryllium capable to enact comparatively small-scale changes that would astir exclusively impact women connected Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid security programme for low-income radical that funds astir fractional the abortions successful the state, Kaiser Health News reported.

For example, the politician could veto bills expanding entree to termination for Medi-Cal patients oregon acceptable the reimbursement rates for termination truthful debased that nary doctors could spend to execute the procedure.

For more:

  • How bash Americans truly consciousness astir abortion? An explainer.

  • The Supreme Court sentiment allowing the Texas instrumentality to instrumentality effect was portion of thing known arsenic the “shadow docket.” What is that?

  • We cognize that Texan patients travel to California for abortions. But erstwhile I was a newsman astatine The Los Angeles Times, I wrote astir Californian doctors who spell to Texas to bash abortions.


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Thanks for reading. I’ll beryllium backmost tomorrow. — Soumya

P.S. Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: U2, for 1 (4 letters).

Steven Moity and Briana Scalia contributed to California Today. You tin scope the squad astatine CAtoday@nytimes.com.

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