SACRAMENTO, Calif. (NEWSnet/AP) — Arizona doctors can temporarily come to California to perform abortions for their patients under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

California’s law is meant to give Arizonans an option to receive legal abortions from their doctor during the next several months.

The move was a reaction to a recent Arizona Supreme Court decision to reinstate an 1864 law that bans nearly all abortions in Arizona, without exceptions for rape or incest. California’s new law, which takes effect immediately, allows licensed doctors in Arizona to come to California and perform abortions for their patients through the end of November.

The Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022 allowed states to set their own abortion laws. More than 20 states have since enforced abortion bans of varying degrees.

In Arizona, it is still unclear exactly when — or if — the ban will be instituted.

The Arizona state Legislature quickly voted to repeal the 1864 law, and Arizona’s Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs promptly signed it. But the repeal won’t take effect until 90 days after the Arizona state Legislature’s session ends, which usually happens in June or July.

Licensed Arizona doctors who want to perform abortions in California would still have to fill out an application. But if the doctors meet certain requirements, the law directs California regulators to approve their application within five business days.

The law Newsom signed on Thursday does not include money to help Arizona patients travel to California for abortions. But Newsom has partnered with the advocacy group Red Wine and Blue to raise money from private donors to help Arizona patients travel to California.

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