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VICE CHAIR VARGAS AND CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER STRENGTHEN COUNTY’S EFFORTS TO PROVIDE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE SERVICES

05/24/22

 

Vice Chair Nora Vargas and Chair Nathan Fletcher brought forth a new policy to strengthen the County’s efforts and to provide accessible and safe reproductive healthcare by launching a comprehensive assessment and advocating for state legislation and funding for services. The initiative was approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors by a vote of 3-1 today with Supervisor Joel Anderson absent. (Click Here to Read the Policy).

For close to three decades, Vice Chair Vargas has championed expanded healthcare services, and advanced policies to protect women’s reproductive rights.

“In California and the County of San Diego, we will continue to protect women’s rights, but we must also ensure that we break down the barriers and expand our efforts to provide safe and accessible reproductive healthcare.” said Nora Vargas, Vice Chair, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “Broad public access to safe and legal abortion is paramount and as the safety net for our community, we as a County have a responsibility to ensure that residents have full access.”

For Chair Nathan Fletcher it is important that the County continues to protect women’s reproductive rights and enhance access to care and services.

“The County is in the fight to defend reproductive freedom, and we’re not backing down,” said Chair Nathan Fletcher, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “With the latest national threat to the access of reproductive healthcare, it was critical we locally strengthen our commitment to upholding choice. Today’s actions ensure the services delivered by our County, contractors and partners reduce barriers to care.”        

With today’s action the County will conduct a comprehensive assessment of reproductive healthcare services currently being offered to identify barriers and opportunities to optimize services and address health disparities especially in marginalized communities. Additionally, the County would advocate for “regulatory, budgetary and legislative efforts” to strengthen reproductive rights and access to reproductive healthcare.

Board Letter: Strengthening Access to Reproductive Healthcare