California legislature passes bill to protect abortion providers and patients from civil suits
Assembly Bill 1666 next heads to the desk of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is supportive of abortion rights. It would take effect immediately with his signature.
The measure would make it so that “another state’s law authorizing a civil action against a person or entity that receives or seeks, performs or induces, or aids or abets the performance of an abortion, or who attempts or intends to engage in those actions” is contrary to California public policy, and is unenforceable by California courts.
AB 1666 “creates the protections to make California a legal sanctuary for reproductive choice,” the bill’s Democratic sponsor Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan said in a hearing earlier this month.
AB 1666 is part of a slate of legislative proposals from the California Future of Abortion Council, a coalition that includes abortion rights advocacy groups.
“These precautions and protections are a key first step as California prepares for a post-Roe world, and unfortunately necessary given the increased hostility and frequency of abortion bans in other states seeking to target patients and providers,” Molly Robson, the legislative director for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, said in a statement.