County supervisors vote to assess and possibly expand access to abortion
San Diego County health officials will study the availability of abortion and other reproductive health care in the county and explore ways to expand those services, following a split vote by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
In a separate item, the board also signaled support for a state constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion in California.
Supervisors Nathan Fletcher, Nora Vargas and Terra Lawson-Remer, all Democrats, voted for the measures, while Supervisor Jim Desmond, one of two Republicans on the board, opposed them. Supervisor Joel Anderson was not present at Tuesday’s meeting.
“Preserving our residents’ access to quality reproductive health care services, while serving others seeking the same services, is critical,” stated a board letter by Vargas and Fletcher.
A draft Supreme Court decision leaked to Politico on May 2 revealed the court was poised to overturn the landmark 1973 decision, which guaranteed federal protection of abortion rights. The draft ruling triggered a flurry of action by abortion foes and defenders, in anticipation that states may soon be free to permit or prohibit abortion as they choose.
“The actions we’re taking today are to have our county assess what reproductive health care is out there, is accessible, is available and identify any barriers for access to care that we could possibly as a board consider removing,” Fletcher said.
It also calls for the county to advocate for reproductive rights and health care at the state and federal level.