Assembly Bill 1666 then heads to the office of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who supports abortion rights. It would take effect immediately upon his signature.
The measure would ensure that “the law of another state permitting a civil action against a person or entity who receives or seeks, performs or induces, or aids or abets the performance of an abortion, or who attempts or has intent to engage in such actions” is contrary to California public policy and is unenforceable by California courts.
AB 1666 “creates the protections to make California a legal sanctuary for reproductive choice,” the bill’s Democratic sponsor, Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, said during a hearing earlier this month.
AB 1666 is on a list of legislative proposals from the California Future of Abortion Council, a coalition that includes abortion rights groups.
“These precautions and protections are a key first step as California prepares for a post-Roe world, and sadly necessary given the increased hostility and frequency of abortion bans in other states seeking to target patients and providers,” Molly Robson, legislative director of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, said in a statement.