“Catholic” Pelosi: “The fact is that we have been fighting for a woman’s right to choose – and that is to choose. We have been fighting against the Republicans in the Congress constantly.”
In a shocking development in post-SCOTUS-leak abortion politics, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed California Governor Gavin Newsom for claiming that the Democratic Party hasn’t been fighting enough for abortion rights.
‘Democrats have failed to target Republicans,’ Newsom said of his own party during public remarks on Wednesday.
‘Where is the Democratic Party – where’s the party?’ he pushed. ‘Why aren’t we calling this out? This is a concerted, coordinated effort and, yes, they’re winning. We need to stand up. Where is the counter offensive?’
Pelosi, who has represented the district encompassing San Francisco since 1987, pushed back on the California Democratic governor during an interview with CBS Face the Nation on Sunday.
‘I have no idea why anybody would make that statement unless they were unaware of the fight that has been going on,’ she said of Newsom.
‘The fact is that we have been fighting for a woman’s right to choose – and that is to choose. We have been fighting against the Republicans in the Congress constantly,’ she insisted in a pushback on her California colleague’s comment.
Meanwhile, Newsom and the rest of the state’s leadership are going all in to make California a “Sanctuary State” for abortion.
“What keeps me up at night, really, is that folks aren’t going to be able to get here,” Lisa Matsubara, vice president of policy and general counsel at Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, told Al Jazeera.
Planned Parenthood is one of more than 40 groups that recently joined forces to issue a report (PDF) outlining measures California must take to increase abortion access. The coalition, known as the California Future of Abortion Council, says without these changes, the system will likely be overwhelmed by those travelling from out of state.
“We really want to make sure that there’s equitable access to abortion care,” Matsubara said. “Abortion bans really disproportionately impact people who are already marginalised or have low income, or are from communities of colour.”
The report, which also serves as a blueprint for other states, has prompted 13 bills that are currently pending in the California state legislature.
If passed, they would fund abortions, travel and lodging for people who cannot afford the high costs; train and fund more healthcare workers to perform procedures, and add legal protections so that people are not held liable for their pregnancy outcomes.
Newsom and the state legislature are working quickly to get all the bills passed by August. The Golden State is certainly poised to become the Scarlet State in short order.
California could soon house nearly 30% of the country’s abortion clinics if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, according to a new report.
If the 26 states that are set to pass near-total or total bans on abortions close all their abortion clinics, California would jump from having 21% of all clinics in the country to roughly 29%, despite being home to just 12% of the U.S. populaiton, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
…California has sought to become a sanctuary for women seeking abortions ahead of the expected Supreme Court ruling, building new facilities closer to airports and high-trafficked transit areas.
The move certainly is on-brand for the California Democratic Party, which clearly embraces policies leading to death, crime, and despair.DONATE
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