California lawmakers take on Texas by blocking 'heartbeat' abortion laws

California lawmakers take on Texas by blocking 'heartbeat' abortion laws

May 24, 2022 by Los Angeles Times

Key Facts

  • (Stephen Spillman / Associated Press) SACRAMENTO — A proposal that cleared the California Assembly on Monday seeks to guard against so-called fetal heartbeat laws and abortion restrictions imposed by other states amid uncertainty over the landmark ruling in Roe vs. Wade.
  • The bill reinforces California’s pro-abortion rights status as federal protections are in jeopardy and after Texas and almost a dozen other states have passed laws to ban the procedure as early as the sixth week of pregnancy.
  • Federal courts have recognized some exceptions to the full faith and credit clause, including for laws in one state that violate the “public policy” of another state.
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom and leading state Democrats have quickly moved to label the state as a “haven” for abortion seekers and announced this month that they will ask voters in November to enshrine permanent protections in the state constitution.

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