California’s governor has pledged to use the state’s record $300 billion budget to ‘future proof’ against threatened national changes to abortion access and safety laws firearms.
With the United States Supreme Court set to eventually strike down Roe V Wade legislation that gives women a constitutional right to abortion, Gavin Newsom has pledged to do “everything we can” to ensure the protection of women’s rights in his state .
Roe vs. Wade was the landmark case of a Texas woman, Norma McCorvey, who went by the legal pseudonym Jane Roe to protect her privacy, against local district attorney Henry Wade.
She claimed the state’s abortion laws were unconstitutional — and won.
However, earlier this month a document has been leaked it showed that the right-wing Supreme Court was about to strike down the legislation.
In the United States, each state can pass legislation stating that abortion is legal, but this almost always follows the political make-up of each state, as the issue of abortion is generally split along party lines.
And last week, another attempt to protect abortion rights through Congress with a federal (state) law failed.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives passed the bill, but it failed 49-51 in the equally divided Senate upper chamber.
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Mr Newsom, first-time governor of the nation’s most populous state – and potential Democratic presidential candidate – used his budget presentation on Friday to pledge to spend $125 million to make abortion easier women in California, including those from other states.
He warned that the “polarization that persists in this country” would impact everything from reproductive rights to gun policy and privacy protections across the country.
He said, “We’re doing everything we can to keep California going — with our values at the forefront, values of inclusiveness, regardless of your political stripes.”
‘California is in crisis’ say critics
California’s projected budget surplus of $97.5 billion is unprecedented at the state level and is fueled by soaring tax revenues.
It is greater than the combined operating budgets of almost every other state.
The relentless flow of tax revenue has prompted Republicans in California – who don’t have enough members in the state Legislature to have much influence – to complain about high taxes that reduce quality of life.
“He offered no permanent tax relief to deal with a deepening affordability crisis exacerbated by his policies,” said Republican Vince Fong, deputy chairman of the House Budget Committee.
“The governor may not want to acknowledge it, but California is in crisis and its budget is unsustainable.”