The landmark Roe decision in Wade could be overturned by the United States Supreme Court, ending 50 years of abortion rights protection in the country. Protests and planning continue by both pro-choice supporters as well as abortion caregivers.
Representatives from Planned Parenthood for Orange and San Bernardino CountiesAccording to Californians, there has been an increase in the number of people visiting California for healthcare services related to abortion, due to recent Texas restrictions. They warn that women could travel more to the Golden State if the Supreme Court decides not to overturn landmark legislation.
“Prior to the terrible Texas law that went into effect in September of ’21, on average we saw about four out-of-state patients. Since that Texas law, we are now seeing 18 out-of-state patients a month,” said Nichole Ramirez, Planned Parenthood of Orange County’s senior vice president of communications. “Keep in mind we are one of seven affiliates across the state, so you can imagine the huge impact that this is going to have, and again that’s just coming from one state.”
Ramirez stated that local Planned Parenthood clinics could receive up to 100 out-of-state patients every month if Roe v. Wade was officially overturned.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Attorney General Rob Bonta both said they support abortion services in California. They also plan to make abortion protections a constitutional rights at the state level. California Democrats say they support making the state autonomous. “refuge”For women who are seeking medical services.
Louisiana lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make abortion a felony, on par with homicide. Louisiana already has some the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation.
Santa Ana will host a Planned Parenthood rally on May 14th. Ramirez stated that the rally would demonstrate that “the power to make our own personal medical decisions is a fundamental right and access to safe, legal abortion is worth fighting for.”