Oakland city leaders plan to declare Oakland a sanctuary city for abortion, in response to reports that the U.S. Supreme Court could soon overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that protects abortion access for women.

On Tuesday evening, the City Council will vote on a resolution marking the declaration, calling for Alameda County and California to dedicate funds to reproductive health care, and emphasizing the council’s support for the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that would secure the right to abortion, that failed in the U.S. Senate last week.

“We know that just because something is made illegal, that doesn’t mean that there are less abortions that are being had. But statistics and history have shown that if abortion is illegal, that would mean that women will die,” said City Councilmember Sheng Thao during a news conference Tuesday morning. “Today we’re going to declare the city of Oakland a sanctuary city, signaling to the rest of the nation that if you are in need of health-care access, you can come to Oakland, and you will be given that right.”

Thao, who represents District 4 and is running for mayor, sponsored the resolution and made the announcement Tuesday, along with At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, District 2 Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas, Kevin Jenkins, a trustee with the Peralta Community Colleges District who is also running for City Council, representatives from the offices of Assemblymember Mia Bonta and U.S. House Representative Barbara Lee, and leaders from Planned Parenthood.

From May 17 story on Oakland city website.