California Attorney General warns city against abortion ban
A California city is considering legislation that would ban abortions within the city. In response, California Attorney General Rob Bonta warned the Temecula City Council against passing such a law and threatened legal action if it attempted to go beyond state statutes.
In a letter sent to the city’s mayor and city council on Friday, Bonta stressed that local laws must not conflict with state laws.
“The California Legislature and Supreme Court have consistently stated that California is a state of reproductive freedom and that Californians have a right to access abortion,” the letter said.
Earlier this month, during a Temecula City Council meeting, member Jessica Alexander proposed creating a resolution banning abortions.
“Let Temecula be known as a safe haven, not an abortion haven,” she said. “Let the world know that Temecula represents life from womb to grave.”
Bonta warned Friday that the city “must not restrict an individual’s ability to exercise their right to reproductive choice and physical autonomy.”
“Our office will not hesitate to take legal action if a local ordinance conflicts with California state law,” Bonta added.
Alexander’s proposed legislation would appear to directly violate state law. On Tuesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 13 new anti-abortion and reproductive health laws into law.
According to a press release from the governor, the bills cover a variety of reproductive measures, including protecting out-of-state abortion seekers from legal prosecution and expanding access to birth control and health care providers.
“We are doing everything we can to protect people from retaliation for accessing abortion care while making contraceptive purchases more affordable,” Newsom said.
“Our legislature is at the forefront of this fight and no other legislature in the country is doing more to protect these fundamental rights – I am proud to once again stand with them and sign these critical bills,” he added.
In November, California will vote on Proposal 1, which would protect abortion and access to contraception as constitutional rights in the state.
A similar anti-abortion resolution was proposed in San Clemente last month by Councilman Steve Knoblock.. But after public outcry, the council voted 3-1 to remove the resolution from the agenda of a city council meeting.
Alexander’s proposal was to be the subject of Tuesday’s city council meeting.