Alabama abortion ban is ‘unconscionable,’ Newsom says

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SACRAMENTO (KRON) — “It’s unconscionable. It’s illegal, it’s blatantly unconstitutional.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom sounded off to reporters Thursday after his counterpart in Alabama signed into law the most restrictive abortion ban yet.

The law outlaws abortion at every stage of pregnancy except where the mother’s life is threatened. Doctors performing the procedure would face up to 99 years in prison.

Newsom noted that those voting to pass the law have a lot in common.

“It’s not lost on me that is predominantly 25 white males,” Newsom said. T

oday in the nation’s capital, House Leader Nancy Pelosi voiced her concerns.

“It’s really — I don’t want to be a fear monger, but I do believe that they’re trying to go on a path that will totally dismantle Roe v. Wade,” Pelosi said. “We have to be vigilant and express our concerns on this legislatively and at the grassroots level.”

The Alabama law does not make exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

House Minority Leader, Bakersfield Republican Kevin McCarthy says that goes too far.

“I defend my pro-life position for my whole political career, but in my whole political career, I also believed in rape, incest or life of the mother,” the California republican said. “There was exceptions, that’s exactly what Republicans have voted on in this house. That’s what our platform says and I believe that’s the point of what you find many of us and where we stand.”

Newsom made his comments during his statewide tour promoting his health care agenda.

He says he will detail how $100 million of his budget will be used to help Planned Parenthood and other family planning organizations throughout the state at his final stop in San Diego on Saturday.

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