California Governor Gavin Newsom survived his recall election earlier this month and is apparently here to stay — giving him the opportunity to sign two abortion-related bills, including one that makes it easier for minors as young as 12 to hide abortions from their parents.
AB 1184, which was unsurprisingly sponsored by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, restricts insurance providers from revealing “sensitive” services provided to those on the policy to the policyholder, even when provided to minors.
This includes abortions, treatment for sexual assault, drug addiction, or mental health, and the use of cross-sex hormones or puberty blockers.
According to CBN News, minors over the age of 12 can provide consent to all of these treatments on their own other than sex-change surgeries and can consent to an abortion at any age.
The bill’s author, Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu of San Francisco, justified the bill on the basis that the Affordable Care Act allows adults to stay on their parents’ health plans until they are 26.
The California Senate’s nine Republicans all opposed the bill and called on Newsom to veto — a plea he clearly did not heed.
“We should be encouraging parents and family to be involved in their children’s lives, not removing them further from it,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Newsom.
“Parents should be consulted before their minor children are given life-altering medical treatment,” said the California Family Council’s Jonathan Keller. “It’s deeply concerning that the Legislature and the governor continue to usurp parental authority.”
Meanwhile, California also established a new California Future of Abortion Council in apparent reaction to Texas’ heartbeat bill, which restricts most abortions after a baby’s fetal heartbeat can be detected.
“California has been a leader in protecting access to sexual and reproductive rights, but as we’ve seen recently with unprecedented attacks on these rights, we can and must do more,” Newsom said in a statement lauding the new entity.
“I applaud the establishment of the California Future of Abortion Council and look forward to its important work to advance our state’s leadership on this vital issue,” he also said, adding he was “proud” to sign the two abortion bills.
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