Newsom announces effort to help Arizona residents get abortions in California

The emergency bill will come just weeks after the Arizona Supreme Court outlawed abortions in nearly every circumstance.

If California Gov. Gavin Newsom has his way, Arizona residents looking to get abortions would have help to have them performed in the Golden State. 

Newsom plans to propose legislation to make it easier for Arizona abortion providers to receive a license to perform the procedure in California. 


The backstory: Two weeks ago the Arizona Supreme Court outlawed all abortions unless a pregnant woman’s life is at risk. 

Driving the news: Sunday, Newsom appeared on MSNBC on Inside with Jen Psaki and revealed that the state is working on emergency legislation to expedite the licensing process for Arizona abortion providers. 

  • Newsom hopes to have the law in place by May 1. 
  • Under the proposal, Arizona abortion providers would be able to get licensed in California in five to 10 days. 

What they’re saying: “Arizona AG Kris Mayes identified a need to expedite the ability for Arizona abortion providers to continue to provide care to Arizonans as a way to support patients in their state seeking abortion care in California,” Newsom spokesperson Brandon Richards told Politico in a statement. “We are responding to this call and will have more details to share in the coming days.”

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