A proposed California bill aimed at protecting access to abortion in the Golden State has the potential to effectively legalize medically unsupervised abortions as well as the murder of newborn babies, pro-life activists warn.
AB 2223 aims at amending current health code which requires that a corner inquire into deaths that occur in the case of a suspected or known “self-induced or criminal abortion.”
The amended proposed legislation, which replaces “woman” and “women” with “pregnant person,” states that “person shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability or penalty, or otherwise deprived of their rights, based on their actions or omissions with respect to their pregnancy or actual, potential, or alleged pregnancy outcome, including miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion, or perinatal death.”
This would seem to indicate that, if the bill is successful, it would enable anyone involved with the death of a baby, unborn or otherwise, to be protected from civil or criminal action — and even enabled to seek civil action if they are targeted by the state.
According to Charles LiMandri, special counsel to the Thomas More Society, the inclusion of “perinatal death” could protect the “brutal murder” of infants potentially months “after they are born,” as “perinatal” is vaguely defined as the period around birth.
LifeSiteNews and LiMandri pointed to a definition from MedicineNet which states that “perinatal” ends “1 to 4 weeks after birth,” while the government website PubMed.gov defines it as: “The perinatal period, broadly defined, encompasses the time frame from … 18 to 24 months after the birth of the child.”
“Hence, [AB 2223] leaves one to ask: ‘What kind of depraved monsters would justify the killing of innocent and helpless children between one week and two years after their birth?’” he asked, speaking with LifeSiteNews.
The proposed legislation is “is beyond the pale for any civilized society to even consider, and must be aggressively opposed by all people of conscience who value human life,” he said.
Pro-abortion lawmakers in California have made clear which side they are on in the national battle over the future of legal abortion with Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom’s stated goal to make his state an “abortion sanctuary.”
The conservative-majority Supreme Court is currently considering a Mississippi abortion law, the outcome of which has the potential to weaken or overturn Roe v. Wade. In Texas, the state’s so-called heartbeat law has stood up against numerous legal challenges on the state and federal level, making it the most successful state abortion regulation since the 1973 high court decision that effectively legalized the practice.
Newsom said of the proposed bill shielding those involved with the death of unborn and newborn babies, “With this legislation, we’ll help ensure equitable, affordable access to abortion services so that out-of-pocket costs don’t stand in the way of receiving care.”
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