California ready to welcome patients to state that may soon ban abortion:

California Assembly member Buffy Weeks, a Democrat, addresses the chamber floor in January 2020. In 2019, on the 46th anniversary of Rowe v. Wade, she told her own abortion story

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California Assembly member Buffy Weeks, a Democrat, addresses the chamber floor in January 2020. In 2019, on the 46th anniversary of Rowe v. Wade, she told her own abortion story

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However, abolition care is likely to be banned or restricted if the 26 states of the United States are overturned by the Supreme Court. Rowe vs. WadeCalifornia is positioning itself as a sanctuary for abortion access, preparing to welcome and support people across the country who are seeking that care.

The state’s democratically-led legislature is considering a package of 13 bills designed to facilitate access to abortion and reduce costs. It includes proposals to protect people from law enforcement action if they have an abortion or are assisted in a delivery. Governor. Gavin News has pledged $ 125 million in state funding to support these efforts.

“The goal is to truly ensure and ensure that California is a reproductive freedom state for all,” said State Councilor Buffy Weeks, a Democrat who represents part of Oakland.

In 2019, on its 46th anniversary RoweWeeks became the first lawmaker to tell the story of her abortion on the floor of the California Assembly.

“I am 26 years old, at work and at home,” he said 2019 speech. “Being on a friend’s sofa, being unemployed, and having an unplanned pregnancy was one of the weakest times of my life.”

She was assisted in 2004 at a planned parenthood clinic in San Francisco. Over the next few years, Weeks went to work for Barack Obama, first in the 2008 campaign, then in the White House. In 2018 he backed his race for office and he won his seat in the California Legislature. She is now 44, married, and has two young daughters

“For me, having an abortion was an empowering decision,” she says, “I never regretted it.”

And Weeks continues to share personal experiences with reproductive health care and explain how they inspire his legal work. The case could be reversed after an argument hearing in the Supreme Court last December RoweShe Tweet About one of those experiences. It was September and she was making lunch at home, chopping lettuce, carrots and avocado on the kitchen counter when she suddenly felt a sharp cramping in her stomach. Then his bleeding started – lots. She rushed to her doctor.

“Returning, I was pregnant and had an abortion,” Weeks said. The doctor told her, ‘We need to do an emergency abortion procedure, a D and C,’ referring to the medical procedure that is used to manage both abortion and the complications of abortion.

This was after Texas passed legislation banning abortions after about 6 weeks of gestation and allowing any member of the public to sue the doctors who performed them. Weeks asked his doctor if he would be able to get the procedure he received if he lived in Texas. The doctor told her that, legally, it was allowed because the pregnancy was not effective. But in reality, the cooling effect of Texas law made some doctors very afraid to perform these procedures.

Weeks said he asked himself if he lived in Texas and what he would do if he couldn’t get a D&C. Stay home and deal with potential health complications? Get a car and find 10 hours drive care?

“I mean, I doubled down on the pain,” Weeks said. “And so it forces me to make sure as a legislator that I do my best to bring the voice of the situation.”

If Rowe The number of women providing the closest abortion services in California will increase by about 3,000 percent, from about 46,000 to 1.4 million women, according to a report from the Gutmachar Institute. Weeks is part of a coalition of lawmakers and reproductive health groups pushing for a 13-bill package that would expand services in anticipation of increased demand in California.

An additional bill that has already been signed into law would eliminate abortion co-financing. Other bills running through the legislature would set aside state funds to help women traveling outside the state pay for their accommodation, travel and childcare costs. Another bill would add an appointment slot to reproductive health clinics and help offer more abortions by training more staff.

A number of bills have focused on legal protections to address potential threats to legislation, such as Texas, which allows members of the public to sue anyone who “performs or persuades” or “assists or aids” abortion after a legal cutoff. “That abortion. It’s not clear if these cases could reach across state lines, but such cases could potentially involve medical personnel or even Uber drivers who take women to an appointment.”

Bills under consideration in California will make it clear that state and local authorities will refuse to assist in any such case by not complying with other state subpoenas and refusing to return health data requested by other states. A bill written by Weeks officially states that no one in California can be tried or imprisoned for terminating a pregnancy or experiencing pregnancy loss.

As these legal efforts move forward, health clinics across California have begun preparing for the possibility of an increase in private protesters or even a security threat, according to Lisa Matsubara, general counsel and vice president of policy at California Planned Parenthood Affiliates. .

“We are certainly concerned about the change of focus for anti-abortion activists, as they have effectively cut off access to many states,” he said. In other words, protesters will move with patients, targeting states like California where abortion is still legal.

Some protesters have already traveled to California. A trucker convoy from Canada arrives in the Bay Area on April 22: a stream of American flag game semis and pick-up trucks pounded through the vicinity of Oakland’s Buffy Weeks, then parked a few hours outside his home in protest of abortion.

On April 22, the truck convoy parked outside State Assembly member Buffy Weeks (D-Oakland) ‘s Oakland Home to protest his support for a new bill that would increase funding for abortion services and legal protections.

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On April 22, the truck convoy parked outside State Assembly member Buffy Weeks (D-Oakland) ‘s Oakland Home to protest his support for a new bill that would increase funding for abortion services and legal protections.

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“It’s a direct attack on humanity,” one man shouted through a bullhorn.

Weeks’ neighbors did not welcome the convoy. A woman with long neon yellow nails gave them a double finger. Others throw eggs at trucks and say, “Go home, go home, go home.” About 80 percent of Californians believe Rowe vs. Wade Should not be reversed.

Police finally closed the road via traffic and guarded the front of the weekend for the rest of the demonstration.

Buffy Wicks was at home, and he saw the protesters through a window. He says he is not afraid and he will not change his agenda. In fact, he and his colleagues are looking for ways to speed up the legal process to turn California into an abortion sanctuary for all.

“It’s out of necessity that we’re preparing for it, not necessarily out of will,” he said. “We want to make sure we are a place where people can come to their greatest need and get the care they need.”

The story comes from NPR’s health reporting partnership with Kaiser Health News (KHN) And KQWD.

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