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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two bills on Wednesday aimed at protecting the privacy of abortion providers and patients.

The move comes in the wake of Texas’ new abortion law, which bans all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and allows private citizens to prosecute those who help a pregnant person violate the ban. . The Texas law took effect on September 1 and was upheld in a 5-4 Decisions by the US Supreme Court.

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California and Texas, the nation’s two most populous states, regularly take different sides on issues such as health care and immigration, with Democrat-led California generally taking a liberal stance and Republican-led Texas following a conservative path. But let’s go.

A new California law prohibits recording or taking photographs of patients or providers within 100 feet of a clinic providing abortions, while another calls for keeping a patient’s health information confidential — even if that patient is under their health insurance. But not be the primary policyholder.

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“California has been a leader in protecting access to sexual and reproductive rights, but as we have seen recently with the unprecedented attacks on these rights, we can and should do more,” said Newsom, a Democrat. In a statement from his office. “Today I am proud to sign these two bills that demonstrate our dedication to strengthen and advance access to reproductive health care services in California.”

Abbott’s press secretary, Rene Eise, said in a statement to Granthshala News: “The most precious freedom is life itself. Texas has passed a law that ensures that the life of every child with a heart palpitation is saved from the ravages of abortion. Go.”

Critics say many women do not yet know they are pregnant at six weeks – around the time when a fetal heartbeat can be detected for the first time – and the law makes no exceptions for rape or incest. does not make.

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Newsom said, “These are dark days. I don’t think one can overstate the consequential nature of the moment we are living in.” “It becomes of the utmost importance that California asserts itself.”

Newsom earlier this month avoided an effort to remove him from office, largely because of the state’s coronavirus restrictions on businesses, schools and places of worship. During the recall campaign, the former San Francisco mayor pointed to Texas abortion legislation while appealing to voters.

In California, the first new law, written by state legislature lady Rebecca Bauer-Kahn, a Democrat from Orinda, makes it a crime to intimidate someone without their consent to make a film with the intention of intimidating them. Violators of the law can face up to one year in county jail, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.

It’s already illegal in California to post personal information about abortion providers or their patients online, but that law was updated from the mid-2000s no earlier than Wednesday. The law also updates peace officer training related to anti-reproductive rights offenses.

“We are moving forward. We are saying in California that we will not accept that our reproductive health care providers and patients are subject to threats online and in person,” Bauer-Kahn said.

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The second new law, authored by State Assemblyman David Chiu, a Democrat from San Francisco, requires insurance companies in California to automatically keep certain medical procedures, including abortions, confidential. Chiu stressed the importance of the bill because the federal Affordable Care Act allows people to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26.

“This breach of privacy has put them in a dire and, in some cases, a dangerous situation,” Chiu said. “If you are receiving sensitive health services, only you should receive confidential communications about it.”

California Family Council President Jonathan Keller said the bill should have differentiated between a 25-year-old and a 12-year-old on their parents’ health plan.

“Parents should be consulted before life-changing medical treatment is given to their minor children,” Keller said. “It is deeply concerning that the legislature and governor continue to uphold parental authority.”