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Abortion public health[L.A. County Department of Public Health] – Abortion remains safe and legal in California and Los Angeles County.

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States announced their decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in the context of the Mississippi abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. While this verdict is not a surprise, it is still shocking in its disregard for the health, rights, and dignity of half of the U.S. population.

Many states will now make abortion illegal; in some states, abortion is illegal as of today. Overall, we expect that as a result of this decision, it will eventually become nearly impossible for people to get an abortion in more than half of U.S. states. The patchwork of laws across the country will create confusion, fear and chaos for people who need abortion services.

We know from decades of research that the impact of criminalizing abortion falls hardest on people who already struggle to access health care, including abortion. This includes low income women, women of color, immigrants, youth, and LGBTQI+ people, many of whom will now potentially face the prospect of forced childbirth. All people, both residents of L.A. and those residing elsewhere, must have access to safe, legal, high quality abortion services.

Los Angeles County’s Safe Haven Abortion Project is underway. It seeks to improve access to abortion and to the full spectrum of reproductive health services for Los Angeles residents and for people who travel here from states where abortion is no longer an option. Access to the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion, is fundamental to the health of individuals, families and communities.

Make sure your friends and families know: In California and here in L.A. County, abortion remains safe and legal. For more information about abortion as a public health issue, see http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/owh/Abortion.htm.

 

L.A. County Department of Health Services Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn Roe V. Wade

In response to today’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the L.A. County Department of Health Services, the second largest public health care system in America, reaffirms its steadfast commitment to fulfill our responsibilities as a health care provider and offer the full scope of medical services, including access to safe abortion.

“Today we remind our patients and the communities we serve that both the State of California and Los Angeles County have reiterated their support for a woman’s right to choose and safely access abortion medical services,” said Director of LA County Department of Health Services Dr. Christina Ghaly. “Our doors at LA Health Services are as open and as welcoming as ever to all in need of medical services, including access to safe abortions.”

Further, in addition to continuing to support access to safe abortion medical services for California residents, both the State and County have reiterated their desire to serve as a “safe haven” for women outside of California who may be seeking safe abortion services.

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