This past week, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a new state-run website promoting abortion. The $1 million site is part of a $200 million budget package aimed at strengthening abortion access in the state.
The site, abortion.ca.gov, provides information for anyone who wants to access abortion in the state — even non-residents. It offers location information for 166 abortion facilities, along with details on how to get abortion pills by mail, and includes links for financial help, including abortion travel details.
It also tells minors from out-of-state how to get an abortion in California without their parents’ permission, and has a section specifically telling undocumented immigrants how they can get Medicaid (taxpayer-funded) coverage for abortion.
“I want people to know all around the rest of the country and many parts of the globe, that I hope we’re your antidote to your fear, your anxiety,” says Newsom in a statement on the site’s homepage.
While the website purports to give women “current and accurate information” about abortion, it’s missing some key details.
For example, while the different types of abortion procedures are very briefly explained, there is no information as to the risks of each procedure, nor is there any explanation as to what each abortion procedure does to the child in the womb. There is also absolutely no information listed for women who may be considering abortion but are also interested in learning about other options, like adoption or pregnancy support services.
Those abortion procedures are detailed in Live Action’s series, What is Abortion?
The abortion industry is hailing the free advertising coming at the taxpayer’s dime. “This new website is a critical resource,” said Luv Reyes-Martin, Vice President of Community Engagement for Planned Parenthood Central Coast. “It provides that essential information in one place.”
Newsom again reaffirmed that the site is for everyone who may want an abortion. “Abortion is legal, safe, and accessible here in California — whether or not you live here, know that we have your back,” he said in a news release.
But Karen Roseberry, Regional Director for the California Prolife Council, called out the state on its pro-abortion push. “The launch of the abortion.ca.gov website is just another indication of how far out of step Governor Newsom really is on the divided topic of abortion,” she said.
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