WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- San Diego has become a safe haven for reproductive freedom following a city council resolution that allows access to abortion.
- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has said that he would work to include the right of choice in the state constitution.
- The state has been doubling its efforts to provide abortion access following the leaked draft opinion that discusses overturning Roe v. Wade.
California is making sure to deliver on its commitment to providing abortion access. The San Diego City Council has unanimously voted for a resolution that would make the city a safe haven for reproductive freedom and access to abortion.
The resolution ensures that legal abortion access in the city would still hold even if the landmark 1973 ruling of Roe v Wade is overturned.
According to the resolution, the city has a responsibility as California’s second-largest city to “serve as a model and commit to support and defend the right to reproductive freedom and safe access to abortion services.”
The city noted that at least 13 states have placed laws that would immediately take effect once Roe is overturned — with 26 states poised to ban abortion entirely.
San Diego City Councilmember Stephen Whitburn declared, “No matter what happens with the Supreme Court ruling, no matter who you are or where you come from, no matter the color of your skin or your socioeconomic status, I want everyone to know that you are welcome in the City of San Diego to exercise your reproductive rights. I want all San Diegans who are scared and frustrated about this potential ruling to know that you have members of this city council and a mayor that have your back, and we will not back down.”
The nationwide debate on abortion was renewed after a leaked draft opinion revealed that the Supreme Court was looking to overturn Roe v. Wade, which protects the federal right to an abortion.
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) had stated that he would work with state senators to “enshrine the right to choose in the California constitution.”
The rest of the state has followed suit. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering legislation that establishes a reproductive health pilot program where patients have safe access to abortions, regardless of their residency.
Other states and cities shared similar sentiments.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D), who called the leaked opinion “atrocious,” made it clear that “abortion is safe and legal in Illinois” no matter what the high court decides.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) similarly stated, “Chicago’s doors are open. We unequivocally respect you and your choices.”
Connecticut went beyond all that. They approved a bill that not just expanded abortion rights and care, but also prevented agencies from disclosing an out-of-state patient’s medical records and cooperating in investigations and prosecutions of abortion providers.
Source: The Hill