The Supreme Court might do something about it.
Or maybe not.
Lawmakers in California have moved since a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion leaked suggesting the high court could overturn Roe v. Wade and send the question of legal rights to abortion back to the states.
Problem solved, right?
Do lawmakers have more pressing issues to worry about? Housing, homelessness, K-12 failures, crime, inflation, wildfires or droughts?
Do not. As Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement, “California will not stand idly by while extremists overturn our fundamental constitutional rights.”
In other news, a federal judge this week ruled another California gun law unconstitutional — Newsom signed into law.
Anyway, back to abortion.
Newsom this week unveiled a $125 million plan to “strengthen protections, expand access, and welcome businesses from pro-abortion states.”
The plan is twofold.
First, Newsom plans to spend millions to make abortion cheaper and more accessible. Second, he said he wants to offer tax incentives to lure businesses from states with stricter abortion restrictions to California.
California is already one of the easiest states to have an abortion, so it’s right to wonder if this additional funding is necessary, especially as we support a possible Supreme Court decision that doesn’t threaten the state’s laws.
The plan to attract abortion businesses seems wishful thinking. A company must see the trade-off as worthwhile in order to obtain low-cost abortions in exchange for its employees not being able to find housing in California and receiving an effective pay cut due to higher taxes and living costs when relocating, while the company is subject to Regulatory environment, where the state penalizes success and over-regulates every element of business operations.
Newsom also hopes his new funding proposal will make it easier for women to have out-of-state abortions.
“We will fight like hell to make sure all women — not just women in California — know that this state continues to recognize and protect their fundamental rights,” Newsom said in a statement.
Are there a lot of Californians who need us to spend money on them? Are people suffering from crises such as housing, homelessness, failure of K-12 education, crime, inflation, wildfires or droughts?
No, the state has a budget surplus, which means burning money. And $125 million is a paltry amount for what he promised to accomplish, showing that it wasn’t anything but money to burn to make a point — and it’s been proven.
In other news: California is headed toward the ‘fiscal cliff’ we’ll fall in 2026, new analysis shows.
California received billions of dollars in temporary COVID-relief funding from the federal government, but the Volcker Coalition’s bean counter is concerned the state is struggling to make ends meet.
“However, instead of spending that money on projects like water and sewer systems, broadband, infrastructure, or repaying federal loans to state unemployment trust funds, as the Volcker Coalition recommends, California is spending most of the money on recurring spending, which may exceed the money behind them,” the Sacramento Bee wrote.
That’s not a good number for someone who supports life. But that’s the point.
Forcing a vulnerable group of Republicans to vote on constitutional amendments to abortion funding and abortion rights would be disastrous for their prospects of staying in office or defeating incumbent Democrats, just as the midterm elections begin to swell into a red wave.
Not housing. Not homeless. No fail K-12 education. Not a crime. Not inflation. Not wildfire. Not drought.
Even pro-choice voters (again, most Californians) may wonder why things that aren’t seriously threatened in California will be the defining issue of the 2022 election.
I don’t mean to take the abortion issue lightly because I realize it’s very personal to many people. But the proposal for abortion is a way to take everyone’s attention away from issues like housing, homelessness, K-12 education failure, crime, inflation, wildfires and droughts. Shouldn’t this election be about why these issues haven’t gotten better?
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