The upcoming Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization has people throughout the country riveted.
Live Action reports:
Though the case was filed regarding Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, it has been recognized as a case that will give the Supreme Court the ability to reconsider both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. In Roe, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling legalized abortion in the United States, while Casey, in 1992, set viability as the standard for when abortion can and cannot be restricted. Because Roe seems to be hanging in the balance, abortion advocates are preparing for how they will react if it is overturned — and California politicians are already putting plans in place to make the state the country’s abortion destination.
Governor Gavin Newsom, along with state Senate leader Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Lendon, already joined the California Future of Abortion Council, created by Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Gov. Newsom and other California legislators have asked a group of unnamed reproductive health “experts” to suggest policies ensuring abortion is well-protected and readily available. Those policies will then be under consideration when the state legislature reconvenes in January.
Dr. Janet Jacobson, medical director of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino counties, told the Times that the majority of the women they see are from out of state. In preparation of Roe being overturned, Jacobson said they are hiring more staff and increasing “appointment capacity,” which presumably means the ability to commit greater numbers of abortions. “We have to make sure we can still continue to care for all of our California patients,” she said. “We don’t want them getting squeezed out.”