California attorney general warns city against abortion ban as governor signs 13 reproductive health bills

A California city is considering legislation that would ban abortion within the city. In response, California Attorney General Rob Bonta warned Temecula’s city council not to pass such a law, threatening legal action if it attempted to go above state law.

In a letter sent Friday to the city’s mayor and council, Bonta stressed that local laws cannot contradict state laws.

“The California Legislature and the California Supreme Court have repeatedly declared that California is a reproductive freedom state and that the people of California have the right to an abortion,” the letter said.

Earlier this month, during a Temecula City Council meeting, member Jessica Alexander proposed the creation of a resolution prohibiting abortion.

“Let Temecula be a safe haven, not an abortion sanctuary,” she said. “Let the world know that Temecula stands for life from womb to grave.”

Bonta warned Friday that the city “cannot limit an individual’s ability to exercise their right to reproductive choice and bodily autonomy.”

“Our office will not hesitate to take legal action if local regulation conflicts with California state law,” Bonta said.

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A billboard featuring abortion services in California recently popped up on Gervais Street in Columbia, South Carolina. The ad was paid for by California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom.

A billboard in California advertising abortion services

Alexander’s proposed law would be directly against the law of the state. On Tuesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 13 new abortion protection and reproductive health bills.

According to a press release from the governor, the bill includes various fertility measures, including protecting abortion seekers out of state from legal prosecution and expanding access to both birth control and health care providers.

“We are doing everything we can to protect people from any retaliation for access to abortion care, while making it more affordable to obtain contraception,” Newsom said.

He said, “Our legislature has been on the front line of this fight, and no other legislative body in the country is doing more to protect these fundamental rights – I need to stand with them again and bring these important bills into law.” Proud to sign.”

In November, California will vote on Proposition 1, which would protect abortion and access to contraception as constitutional rights in the state.

A similar anti-abortion proposal was proposed last month in San Clemente by City Councilor Steve Noblock, CBS Los Angeles reported, But after public outcry, the council voted 3 to 1 to remove the proposal from the agenda of the city council meeting.

Alexander’s proposal was going to be a topic at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

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