12 May Gov. Newsom proposes $125 Million Dollar Wealth Transfer to Abortion Industry
On May 11, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a $125 million dollar abortion industry funding proposal designed to expand abortion services and incentive abortion providers to move into California. The Newsom Administration is seeking to capitalize on the Supreme Court’s anticipated overturn of Roe v. Wade.
Newsom’s budget reflects the goals of Planned Parenthood’s Future of Abortion plan to expand the abortion industry’s business model in California. It will exclusively benefit abortion providers.
Newsom and radical pro-abortion legislators are advancing a slew of bills favoring abortion over childbirth. These include AB 1918 (Abortion Scholarships), AB 1940 (School Based Health Centers), AB 2134 (No Cost Abortion Services), and AB 2586 (Funding Abortion Clinics and attacking pro-life clinics as “FAKE”)
Perhaps the biggest abortion boondoggle of them all, SB 1142 (Abortion Tourism) will create a website and related infrastructure to transport women from other states into California for free abortions. Newsom’s proposal includes spending $20 million to help abortion facilities secure physical and information technology infrastructure and to enhance facility security — all part of SB 1142 — so women can arrange for free abortion care from airfare to hotel costs, lost wages and even babysitting to receive abortions at California taxpayer expense.
The California Supreme Court long ago ruled that such unequal financial treatment of abortion and childbirth by the state is unconstitutional in the case Committee to Defend Reproductive Rights v. Myers, 29 Cal.3d 252 (1981). In 1981, conservative forces in the state legislature sought to limit access to abortion services through various budget acts. The California Supreme Court struck down the legislature’s ban on Medi-Cal funding of abortion. The Court emphasized that the state could not intervene in the very intimate decision about whether to give birth or have an abortion, stating:
By virtue of the explicit protection afforded an individual’s inalienable right of privacy by article I, section 1 of the California Constitution, however, the decision whether to bear a child or to have an abortion is so private and so intimate that each woman in this state — rich or poor — is guaranteed the constitutional right to make that decision as an individual, uncoerced by governmental intrusion. Because a woman’s right to choose whether or not to bear a child is explicitly afforded this constitutional protection, in California the question of whether an individual woman should or should not terminate her pregnancy is not a matter that may be put to a vote of the Legislature….
The pro-life legislature violated the California state constitution by financially favoring childbirth over abortion with a “conditioning of public benefits” framework.
What was unconstitutional in 1981 should remain unconstitutional today.
If Newsom and the radical pro-abort ideologues in the state legislature are determined to give $125 million of taxpayers’ money to Big Abortion, there is a way they can moot any constitutional challenge: Fund childbirth and post-natal maternal support. Allocate an equal amount of tax dollars to fund all aspects of childbirth and health care and support for women who choose birth and adoption, including prenatal and post-natal maternal care, food security and housing.
Lacking such equality of funding, Newsom’s election year wealth transfer to Big Abortion should face withering judicial scrutiny.