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West Coast States Launch Plan To Protect Out-Of-State Abortion Patients

Added 06-24-22 02:54:03pm EST - “"We will not stand on the sidelines as these attacks mount," governors from California, Oregon and Washington vowed.” - Huffpost.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “West Coast States Launch Plan To Protect Out-Of-State Abortion Patients”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, California, Oregon and Washington announced a pact to ensure patients from around the country can safely access abortion care on the West Coast and vowed to resist interference from other state governments.

The agreement, deemed the Multi-State Commitment to Reproductive Freedom, is an acknowledgment that states with abortion bans may soon attempt to stop their residents from seeking out the procedure in states where it remains legal.

“We will not stand on the sidelines as these attacks mount,” the three Democratic governors said in the announcement.

They’re committing to work on several safeguards for abortion patients and providers who are seeking and administering care in their states, including protecting against any cooperation with out-of-state investigations and arrests; refusing the extradition of people wanted for abortion-related criminal prosecution in other states; protecting people’s medical records; defending abortion providers against attempts to have their licenses revoked; fending off misinformation about reproductive health care; and expanding abortion access in California, Oregon and Washington.

“This is not the America we know ― and it’s not the California way,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement, adding, “We refuse to go back and we will fight like hell to protect our rights and our values.”


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