June 22nd, 2024

Arizona doctors can come to California to perform abortions under new law signed by Gov. Newsom

By Adam Beam, The Associated Press on May 23, 2024.

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Arizona doctors can temporarily come to California to perform abortions for their patients under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

California’s law is meant to circumvent an Arizona law – first passed in 1864 – that bans nearly all abortions in that state. The Arizona Supreme Court had ruled that law can take effect next month.

The Arizona Legislature responded by repealing that law earlier this month. But the repeal won’t take effect until later this year.

The Newsom administration said California’s law is “a critical stopgap for Arizona patients and providers.

California’s law says Arizona doctors who are licensed in that state can come to California to perform abortions. The law will expire on Nov. 30.

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