In California, abortion is 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. Then, keep reading to find out more about what abortion law would be in your state after Roe.Connect with California Family Council
THE BIG QUESTION
After Roe, does my state ban nearly all abortions or allow nearly all abortions?
California allows nearly all abortions. It has established in its laws a supposed right to choose to have an abortion. Cal. Health & Safety Code § 123462.
MORE ABOUT YOUR STATE’S ABORTION LAWS
Below, we’ve summarized what abortion laws would are in your state after Roe.
Abortion Limits, Exceptions and Enforcement
Limitations on abortions
If my state won’t ban all abortions, what are the limits to abortion?
Abortion is banned after the fetus is considered viable, unless it is performed by the pregnant woman. (Cal. Health & Safety Code § 123468 (2014)).
Exceptions to any limitations
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
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)?
When abortion laws are violated, who can file a lawsuit to enforce their rights and the law?
Any person. Cal. Health & Safety Code § 123467.5 (2022).
Special standards of care
Does my state impose a special medical standard of care on abortion providers?
Protecting Fundamental Rights
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. American Academy of Pediatrics v. Lungren, 16 Cal 4th 307, 322 (1997).
Does my state have conscience protections for medical professionals who do not want to participate in abortions?
Safety & Health of Women
Does my state’s law require that a woman give informed consent and/or receive counseling prior to allowing an abortion to be performed?
Does my state place any waiting requirement on abortion so that a mother has more time to decide?