PPOSBC: Supreme Court Ruling on Abortion Will Have Drastic Ripple Effects in California

June 24, 2022 – Upon learning of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties (PPOSBC) president and CEO Jon Dunn released the following statement: 

“Today’s verdict is an outrage, and rolls back decades of progress for women’s health and financial independence. The gains women have made financially and socially over the past several decades are a direct result of the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973, and allowing states to ban abortion is an unconscionable attack on every American’s liberty and bodily autonomy. 

There is no sugarcoating this: people will die and have their lives upended by today’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.  It will negatively impact more than 36 million Americans. While we are fortunate that lawmakers in California are committed to protecting and expanding abortion rights, at least 26 states, including Arizona, Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and many others have already enacted cruel, draconian laws that severely restrict or ban access to abortion. 

We know that these states will use today’s Supreme Court precedent to outlaw abortion entirely. And these laws that force patients to travel out of state for abortion care have the most destructive impact, particularly low income women and women of color. 

It has become necessary for reproductive freedom states including California to strengthen abortion protections because we are providing care to more out-of-state patients. At Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, we are committed to serving every patient that walks through our doors, and have increased our capacity so that no one is turned away from needed care, regardless of what state they live in. But our capacity is not unlimited, and we need our supporters’ help to ensure that we do not need to turn away California patients because our health centers are overwhelmed. 

Even though we are devastated by the Supreme Court’s decision today to overturn Roe v. Wade, we are not backing down in our battle to keep abortion safe, legal and accessible for every person in the nation—and we need collective action now. At Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, we will not quit until we have ensured that every person can access a safe, legal abortion. We urge our supporters to donate and lend their time to our efforts that ensure California remains a reproductive freedom state while fighting abortion restrictions nationwide.” 

At this time, supporters are encouraged to donate directly to Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties  at pposbc.org, in order to help expand its medical services and absorb the impact of out-of-state abortion patients. 

If you would like to get involved with Planned Parenthood politically, learn more at www.CommunityActionFund.org

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND

In 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring California a Reproductive Freedom state.

In 2021, more than 106 abortion restrictions were introduced across 19 states, including 12 abortion bans.

In 2022, more than 500 abortion restrictions have been introduced across more than 40 states.

Texas’ six week abortion ban (known as Senate Bill 8) has been in effect since September 1, 2021 – forcing Texans to seek essential health care out-of-state for more than seven months.

Earlier this year, Idaho became the first state to sign into law a copy-cat of Texas’ “sue thy neighbor” six-week abortion ban.

In April, neighboring Arizona signed into law a 15-week abortion ban, following in Mississippi and Florida’s footsteps.

Oklahoma and Kentucky have each passed total abortion bans, eliminating this essential health care entirely from their state.

California leaders have taken significant recent to protect and expand access to abortion, and actualize its commitment to being a Reproductive Freedom state.

In 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed two bills into law. Assembly Bill 1356 increased security; and Assembly Bill 1184 increased privacy protections

In 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 245 into law, which eliminates co-pays and co-insurance – making abortion services free for people with private insurance.

The California Future of Abortion Council, which Planned Parenthood affiliates across California are a leading member of, has sponsored 13 bills stemming from their comprehensive report issued in December to further protect and expand abortion access across California for all who seek care here.

On May 2, Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced they would be introducing a constitutional amendment to enshrine the right to an abortion in the California constitution. 

The bill, SCA 10, was introduced on June 8, passed the CA Senate on June 19, and must be passed by the Legislature by June 30 to appear on the November 2022 ballot.

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