Planned Parenthood leaders discuss the future of abortion rights
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Planned Parenthood leaders met Friday with local and state lawmakers to discuss and prepare for a future without the protections of Roe v. Wade.
The meeting took place on Friday and explained how they plan to protect abortion rights.
A promise was made to all women that the Bay Area will protect their access to abortion and other reproductive health services.
“No judge or politician should be allowed to deny women the right to control their own bodies, their own lives, and their own futures,” said Tanya Spirtos of the California Medical Association. “This is a direct attack on the practice of medicine and the reproductive outcomes of patients.”
A dozen lawmakers, doctors and abortion advocates gathered Friday to discuss the possible future without Roe V. Wade.
“We’re not just going to protect California, but we’re going to make sure that women in any other state who don’t have easy access to abortion have the funds to fly here, stay here, and get health care. they need,” said San Francisco supervisor Hillary Ronan.
Ronan thanked the California legislator for fighting for new funding to help low-income, out-of-state women continue to have access to abortion. The president of California Planned Parenthood Affiliates is also committed to helping people out of state.
“36 million women who will be affected and will need to travel outside of the state they live in for care,” said Jodi Hicks, CEO and President of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. “We’re making sure in California that this place can be here.”
The California Insurance Commissioner has also promised to continue to help fund abortions.
“If and when (Roe v. Wade) falls, insurance commissioners across the state will ban together to ensure that insurance companies continue to not only fund but provide access to abortion at every woman who needs it or wants it,” California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said.
Some executives have pointed out that although Roe v. Wade is attacked right now, it could create a domino effect.
“But these are more generally people who are really upset that over the last 50 to 100 years this country has become more inclusive,” CA Sen. Scott Weiner said. “And they want us to go back to the 1950s, or earlier, and we’re not going there. We won’t be going back.