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In California

After Roe in California, abortion will be legal until the unborn child is considered viable. Connect with your local family policy council to stay up-to-date on the pro-life movement in your state—now and after Roe. Then, keep reading to find out more about what abortion law would be in your state after Roe.

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MORE ABOUT YOUR STATE’S ABORTION LAWS

Below, we’ve summarized what abortion laws would be in your state after Roe.


The Big Question

After Roe, will my state ban nearly all abortions or allow nearly all abortions?

California will allow nearly all abortions. It has established in its laws a supposed right to choose to have an abortion. Cal. Health & Safety Code § 123462.

Abortion Limits, Exceptions and Enforcement

Limitations on abortions

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If my state won’t ban all abortions, what are the limits to abortion?

Abortion is banned after the fetus is considered viable (Cal. Health & Safety Code § 123468 (2014)).


Exceptions to any limitations

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Are there any exceptions to those limitations placed on abortion?

It is an exception to the viability ban if the mother’s life is in danger (Cal. Health & Safety Code § 12466 (2003)).


Penalties for performing an illegal abortion

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What are the penalties to abortion providers for committing an illegal abortion (one of the forms of abortion that my state has limited under the law)?

None


Enforcement

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When abortion laws are violated, who can file a lawsuit to enforce their rights and the law?

No one


Special standards of care

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Does my state impose a special medical standard of care on abortion providers?

No


Protecting Fundamental Rights

Parents

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Does my state give parents the right to consent for their child to get an abortion?

The California Supreme Court has held that requiring parental consent for minors to receive an abortion is unconstitutional. This law may have to be reevaluated by California if after Roe is overturned. American Academy of Pediatrics v. Lungren, 16 Cal 4th 307, 322 (1997).


Medical professionals

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Does my state have conscience protections for medical professionals who do not want to participate in abortions?

Yes. Cal. Health & Safety Code § 123420 (1996).


Babies Born Alive

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Are there legal protections for babies born alive following a botched abortion in my state?

Medical treatment given to children born alive during an abortion must be the same as an infant born prematurely. (Cal. Health & Safety Code § 123435 (1996)).


Safety & Health of Women

Physician-only requirement

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Does an abortion have to be provided by a licensed physician in my state?

Yes: one must be a licensed physician in order to perform an abortion (Cal. Health & Safety Code § 123468(a) and Cal Bus. & Prof. Code 2253(b)(1)).


Informed consent

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Does my state’s law require that a woman give informed consent and/or receive counseling prior to allowing an abortion to be performed?

No


Waiting period

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Does my state place any waiting requirement on abortion so that a mother has more time to decide?

No


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