With Roe v. Wade in Peril, Santa Clara Supervisors Look to Expand Abortion Access
Public officials across California are reacting to what appears to be the imminent reversal of Roe v. Wade and preparing for a potential onslaught of women seeking abortion services from out of state.
On Tuesday, Santa Clara supervisors approved $3 million in county funding to help Planned Parenthood expand abortion access.
“We know that abortion rights are more fragile than they’ve been in decades in this country,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez at a briefing on Monday. “In states other than California lawmakers are increasingly passing strict bans on abortions as the Supreme Court reconsiders the scope and existence of this constitutional right.”
A pair of Planned Parenthood facilities in San Jose say they have already seen an increase in women seeking abortions from out of state. The facilities have provided services to nearly 90 out-of-state women since July 2021, two months before Texas’ SB 8 took effect.
California state leaders are also vowing to take action.
Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Governor Gavin Newsom have announced the introduction of a constitutional amendment that would enshrine the right to abortion in the state constitution.
“California will not stand idly by as women across America are stripped of their rights and the progress so many have fought for gets erased. We will fight,” they said in a joint statement.
Lawmakers are also expected to pursue policies that would strengthen the state’s abortion infrastructure to meet increased demand. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, more than half the states in the country could ban abortion in some form.