California Gov. Newsom welcomes women to have abortions in his state

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Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his revised 2019-2020 state budget during a news conference Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom, a Democrat, has proposed a $213.5 billion a spending plan. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – California Governor Gavin Newsom has a message for women around the country who are seeking abortions: come to his state and have one. 

The governor signed a proclamation on Friday, reaffirming his state’s commitment to “welcoming women to California to fully exercise their reproductive rights.” 

“California will continue to uphold women’s equality and liberty by protecting their reproductive freedom, educating Californians about their rights to reproductive freedom, welcoming women to California to fully exercise their reproductive rights and acting as a model for other states that want to ensure full reproductive freedom for women,” the proclamation reads. 

The letter mentions the reproductive services available to women in California and criticizes states that “enact extreme laws that violate the fundamental rights of women.”

Newsom and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) are urging other governors to take similar action. 

“In the absence of federal leadership on this issue, states must step up and put in place their own protections – both in statute and in their state constitutions, and through the expansion of family planning and education – to defend every American’s right to reproductive freedom,” the governors said in a joint statement. “Roe is settled law, but newly enacted and clearly unconstitutional laws in a handful of states compel our states to act now to reaffirm longstanding commitments to safeguard the fundamental rights of women.”

You can read the letter in its entirety here.

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