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The US West Coast vows to jointly shield abortion

This content was published on June 24, 2022 – 23:11

Los Angeles (USA), June 24 (EFE) .- California, Washington and Oregon, the three states that make up the west coast of the United States, committed this Friday to shield the right to abortion through a series of joint actions that they qualified as “West Coast Offensive” (the offensive of the west coast).

The plan promised by the governors of these three states, all of them with a Democratic majority, includes a program to defend health workers who work in abortion clinics and support measures for women traveling from other states where the practice is prohibited. .

“We will work hard to protect your rights and your safety,” insisted Gavin Newsom, governor of California, the most populous state in the US with almost 40 million inhabitants, in a video message.

Immediately after learning of the country’s Supreme Court ruling that annuls the legal protection of abortion, Newsom, who on other occasions has referred to California as a “sanctuary” for reproductive rights, published a video message with the governors of Washington , Jay Inslee, and Oregon, Kate Brown.

His stance highlights the deep gap in the US on social issues.

While the West Coast of the country, the epicenter of progress and economic development with cities like San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles, pledged to protect abortion, nine other states, mostly in the American Midwest, simultaneously banned abortion. Interruption of pregnancy.

“Conservative (red) states and Republican-occupied courts have rolled back the rights of Americans,” Inslee said from Washington state.

For her part, the governor of Oregon advanced that her state “will resist the intervention of prosecutors and authorities” from other territories that “try to investigate patients who receive services” in the West Coast states.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. Oregon doesn’t turn away anyone who seeks health care,” he repeated in another speech.

In this sense, Newsom accelerated his response by signing a bill this Friday that would exempt abortion service providers from any responsibility when they serve patients who travel from states where it is persecuted by law.

According to the University of California in Los Angeles, between 8,000 and 16,000 women could move to California annually after the Supreme Court ruling.

In California, the limit to abortion is established by doctors when there is “a possibility of survival of the fetus outside the mother’s womb,” according to the current law, approved in 2002. EFE

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