Governor Gavin Newsom declares California a "reproductive freedom state" with new legislation
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Newsom has signed two new bills expanding access to reproductive health care and to protect the privacy of abortion patients and providers.
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Wednesday that will help expand access to reproductive health care while doubling down on protecting the privacy of patients who seek abortions or gender-affirming services.

The first of the bills, AB 1356, makes it a crime to post personal information or images of a reproductive health care patient online, punishable with up to a year in county jail and/or a $10,000 fine. If the offense results in bodily injury, the fine will increase up to $50,000.

Committing such actions is already a crime in the state, but the law has not been updated in more than a decade. As noted by assembly member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, who created the bill, anti-reproductive rights protesters often visit facilities to "harass all who enter."

"They are well organized, well-funded and undeterred by low fines," Bauer-Kahan said in a statement, adding that protesters "aggressively film those who enter facilities and post their information on extremist websites."

"True access to reproductive healthcare requires safety and privacy," she said. "When protesters harass patients and providers, they don't just state their opinions — they fundamentally threaten a patient's right to reproductive healthcare."

The bill also makes it a crime for people to intimidate reproductive health care patients and providers within 100 feet of a reproductive health care facility. Under the law, individuals…
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