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California, Oregon, and Washington Issue a Commitment to Reproductive Health Care

California, Oregon, and Washington Issued a Commitment to Reproductive Health Care


 


United States- In the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned by the Supreme Court this morning, June 24th, there is no longer a federal constitutional right to an abortion. Abortion rights will now be determined by individual states, and most conservative states will likely strictly regulate or ban abortions altogether. 


 


In one of the most impactful Supreme Court decisions in recent memory, overturning Roe v. Wade will be consequential to women’s reproductive health for years to come. 


 


Justice Samuel Alito, part of the majority ruling in the decision, wrote; “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start, its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences.” The vote was 5-3-1 in favor of overturning the ruling. 


 


Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, who were the three to vote against the ruling, wrote; “With sorrow- for this Court, but more for the millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection- we dissent.” 


 


As conservative states will likely begin plans to ban or restrict abortions, California, Oregon, and Washington issued a multi-state commitment defending access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion. 


 


Quoting Oregon Governor Kate Brown; “Abortion is health care, and no matter who you are or where you come from, Oregon doesn’t turn away anyone seeking health care. Period. Let me be clear: You cannot ban abortion, you can only ban safe abortions — and this disgraceful Supreme Court decision will undoubtedly put many people’s lives at risk, in addition to stripping away a constitutional right that disproportionately affects women and has been settled law for most of our lifetimes.”


 


All three of the West Coast states are prepared to help women from different states to access the reproductive healthcare that they need. In California, Governor Newsom has proposed a $125 million Reproductive Health Package, which would expand access to reproductive healthcare for women in the state, as well as help prepare for the influx of women seeking reproductive healthcare from other states. 


 


In 2017, Oregon enacted the Reproductive Health Equity Act, which expanded access to reproductive healthcare and also codified the right to an abortion in state law. That was the first bill of its kind, it is still considered the most comprehensive reproductive health legislation. Oregon has also invested $15 million in reproductive health organizations, to provide support to low-income and rural communities. 


 


Washington has also prepared for the influx of women seeking an abortion, as earlier this year Governor Jay Inslee signed the Affirm Washington Abortion Access Act, which ensures the ability of state providers to serve anyone coming into Washington state seeking an abortion. 


 


The West Coast states want women across the country to know that they will provide reproductive healthcare to any who needs it, regardless of where they come from. If Congress does not overturn this ruling, California, Oregon, and Washington will become the epicenter of reproductive healthcare for Americans.


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