CA Bill Protects Doctors Who Mail Abortion Pills To Out-Of-State Patients

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a bill signing ceremony at Nido's Backyard Mexican Restaurant on February 09, 2022 in San Francisco, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signedlegislation to extend COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave for workers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
  • California doctors who mail abortion pills to patients in other states would be protected from prosecution under new legislation to be unveiled on Friday
  • The bill, which is set to be introduced in the state Legislature, would not let the state extradite doctors who are facing charges in another state for providing abortion medication. It would also protect doctors from having to pay fines and let them sue anyone who tries to stop them from providing abortions.
  • The bill would only provide those protections for doctors who are in California. If a doctor left California to provide an abortion to someone in another state, that doctor would not be protected. It also would not protect patients in other states who receive the medication.
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