The CEO of a law firm trying to stop a California bill he says will allow infanticide has criticized billboards paid for by California Governor Gavin Newsom’s campaign promoting Bible-quoted abortion.
Newsom, a Democrat, announced on September 16 that he had launched billboards in Texas, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and three more of what he called “the most restrictive anti-abortion states.”
Billboards encourage women to have abortions in California, and some include a Bible verse from Mark 12:31, in which Jesus is quoted as saying, “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these.”
“To any woman seeking an abortion in these anti-liberty states: [California] will defend your right to make decisions about your own health,” Newsom wrote on Twitter along with images of the designs for each billboard.
The move has been denounced by Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice, a constitutional law firm that is urging Newsom not to sign an abortion bill, AB 2223, that has landed on his desk. .
“Governor Newsom has taken it upon himself to be America’s abortion ambassador, inviting others to come to California for an abortion,” Sekulow wrote in a blog post.
“But while putting up billboards in other states is abhorrent, he goes one step further into pure evil,” he added. “What is most depraved is that the same billboards quote and misrepresent the words of Jesus Christ to promote the killing of unborn children in abortion.”
Sekulow said he finds it “hard to imagine” that Newsom loves God when he “advocates legally killing babies after they are born.”
“And it certainly isn’t loving your neighbor. These babies are our neighbor. Yet Newsom is pushing horrific new extreme abortion bills,” Sekulow said, referring to an abortion bill awaiting the Democratic governor’s signature.
California bill ‘will allow certain forms of infanticide’
In a letter dated August 31 (pdf) to Newsom, Sekulow said that AB 2223, if signed, will change California law “in a way that radically undermines the protection of newborns” and, unless changed, will “permit certain forms of infanticide.”
Introduced by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, the invoice would remove from existing law the requirement that a county medical examiner conduct inquiries to investigate perinatal deaths “related to or following a known or suspected self-induced or criminal abortion.”
Under the legislation, if a person withholds or fails to care for a baby, what a medical examiner might identify as an “unattended fetal death,” whether the baby is born full-term, premature, or alive, but later dies from the inattention, the person would be immune from civil or criminal liability or penalty, no matter what the coroner determines.
The bill further states that it would “eliminate the requirement” that a medical examiner handle “an unattended stillbirth” as a “death without medical assistance.”
Under the legislation, immunity from criminal or civil liability extends to any of the mother’s “actions or omissions with respect to her pregnancy or the actual, potential, or alleged outcome of the pregnancy, including miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion, or perinatal death from causes that occurred in utero”.
The wording of the clause is particularly egregious to Sekulow because the scope of “pregnancy outcome” would include if a newborn dies for any reason during the “perinatal” period, which extends 28 days after birth, even if a newborn dies later. a failed abortion.
“In other words, it could effectively legalize infanticide up to twenty-eight days after the baby’s birth (the perinatal period) ‘for any reason,’” Sekulow wrote.
Sekulow said the “abhorrent language” has remained unchanged in the bill throughout the amendment process. He added that there was a “total refusal” by California lawmakers “to remove the term ‘perinatal'” from the bill.
“It is now very clear that this denial is intentional and not due to a misunderstanding of the term,” he said.
Ambiguous language ‘It happened in the womb’
After the American Center for Law and Justice conducted a legal analysis of the bill, Sekulow noted another part of the wording in that clause of the bill for its ambiguity: “it occurred in the womb.”
Sekulow said the ambiguity in the bill’s language left it open to interpretation, allowing doctors to claim that a baby’s death was due “to” something that happened in the womb or before birth, and that the law would “effectively bar” any investigation to verify those claims. .
“Individuals would be protected regardless of whether the death of the child was caused by their actions or their inaction with respect to their pregnancy and their care of the live-born child,” he said.
The attorney accused the California legislature of “trying to protect women” and those assisting them in a “self-performed” abortion from having to provide medical care to “babies born alive after botched abortions.”
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“This law would sub silently override those protections and create an underclass of newborn human beings by taking away their right not only to health care, but also to life.”
Foreign tragedies under similar laws
Under the California bill, women would not have to visit a doctor in person to access abortion pills or have a prenatal test to determine the actual stage of their pregnancy.
In her letter to Newsom, Sekulow cited how, under similar laws in the UK, an East Yorkshire woman took an abortion pill known as mifepristone at 30 weeks pregnant, believing she was 12 weeks pregnant. The boy was born in a hospital bathroom and, despite medical attention, died four days later. An investigation into the incident heard the woman had not received proper prenatal scans, The Daily Mail reported.
In 2020, New Zealand passed an abortion law similar to California’s AB 2223 law. It was described as the “most liberal” abortion law in the country, allowing abortions up to 20 weeks without consulting a doctor.
A right-leaning elected official attempted to insert an amendment to that legislation to make it a legal requirement to provide medical care to any baby born alive in a botched abortion. New Zealand’s Left Government voted 80-37 against, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The following year, a baby gasped for two hours before dying after a failed late-term abortion at 21 weeks. according to to Voice for Life, the nation’s oldest pro-life organization, who reported an eyewitness account of a health care student who was reportedly left traumatized after witnessing it.
The Epoch Times has asked Newsom’s office for comment.