LA County’s five-member board of supervisors recently announced its unanimous desire to see Los Angeles become a “haven county” for abortion access in the event other states begin to restrict access to reproductive healthcare. County staff are now beginning the process of determining what that could look like….
If Roe v. Wade is overturned, California — a state where abortion access is enshrined in state law — could become a popular destination for those who live in states where abortion could be limited or all-out banned. In preparation for that potential wave in people seeking abortions, LA County Supervisors are asking their staff — the county CEO, the directors of the department of health services and department of public health, and county counsel,” — to coordinate with Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health care advocates develop plans for how the county could respond.
“Make no mistake: Women in LA County will continue to have the right to quality reproductive health care services, including comprehensive quality reproductive health care services and abortions,” LA County Board of Supervisors Chair Holly Mitchell, who authored the Jan. 25 motion, said.
Third District supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who represents Santa Monica, pointed out that she penned the 2002 California Senate bill (SB 1301) that codified abortion rights statewide….
Kuehl said that she did not want to suggest the supervisors were expecting the County would be “inundated with people from other states kind of using up our resources.”
“I would like to think of us as a welcoming county for those seeking to exercise their Constitutional rights if they’re denied by other states,” Kuehl, who co-sponsored the motion with Mitchell, said. “We’re doing that, and looking to plan for that is a really, really good thing. I think we should be very proud that we could be a welcoming community….”
Supervisors also asked staff to identify “opportunities to reduce and address health disparities by expanding reproductive and sexual health services, supplies and education, for marginalized communities and those who might be harder to reach.”
Staff were given 30 days from the Jan. 25 meeting to gather the requested info….
The above comes from a Feb. 11 story in the Santa Monica Daily News.