California bishops oppose move to ‘write’ abortion into state constitution

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Abortion protesters are seen in Los Angeles May 14, 2022. The California Senate introduced a constitutional amendment on June 9 to protect the ‘right to abortion’, a measure the state’s Catholic bishops have declared “aims to enshrine the most extreme forms of abortion” in the state constitution. (CNS photo/Aude Guerrucci, Reuters)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) – The Catholic Conference of California “vehemently opposes” changing the state constitution “to enshrine the most extreme forms of abortion.”

“We believe in protecting life at every age and stage,” the conference said in a June 9 statement, adding that the wording of Senate Constitutional Amendment 10 introduced a day earlier, “is so broad and unrestricted that it would encourage and even protect late-term abortions, which most Californians oppose.

“We are also concerned about the open-ended scope of this proposed amendment, which affirms a new constitutional right to ‘reproductive freedom’ but does not define what it means,” said the conference, which is the public policy arm of the bishops. State Catholics.

As written, the amendment – which will be on the November ballot – will “legalize and protect abortion up to the point just before childbirth”, according to the conference.

“It is distressing that so many California lawmakers sign their name to legislation that allows a human life to be taken moments before birth,” he added. “In this respect, the SCA 10 would align California more closely with the extreme abortion policies of only a few countries rather than those of the majority of Western democracies, which do not allow late-term abortions.”

The Catholic conference said it’s a “sad reality” that California “already has some of the most accommodating abortion laws and services in the country.”

“And by providing massive funding for abortion services without any corresponding equitable funding for pregnant women and mothers, the state wields destructive and coercive power to end innocent lives,” he said. declared. “Writing the wording of this amendment into the constitution will extend the danger of forced abortion to babies whose viability is unquestionable.”

In recent months, several states have passed abortion legislation in anticipation of the upcoming Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationwho should topple Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Whether deer is reversed, the issue of legal abortion will be up to the states.

State measures range from liberalizing state abortion laws to enacting restrictions or banning most abortions.

In California, Governor Gavin Newsom and the state’s “pro-abortion” legislative supermajority have vowed to turn the state into an “abortion sanctuary” for the nation if deer is overthrown.

Newsom said he wants to expand state abortion assistance to cover uninsured low- and middle-income women and is also seeking California to spend an additional $57 million to prepare for an influx. expected of patients from “abortion-unfriendly” states.

In a June 8 statement on the proposed amendment, Newsom said it will “ensure that women in our state have an inviolable right to a safe and legal abortion that is protected by our constitution.”

“California will not sit on the sidelines as unprecedented attacks on the fundamental right to choose endanger women across the country,” he said.

To change the state constitution, two-thirds of the members of each house of the Legislative Assembly must propose an amendment, which is then put to a statewide ballot to be ratified or rejected by voters. of State. Ratified changes come into effect the day after the election.

The Catholic Conference of California said it “will actively engage in opposing the upcoming ballot initiative and calling on the state’s 12 million Catholics to work to raise awareness and generate vigorous opposition in our dioceses, parishes and communities”.

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