Jacobson’s Planned Parenthood chapter has started a program that helps defray the costs of lodging and travel for patients seeking abortions. There’s a proposal in the State Legislature that would set up a similar program at the state level, part of a package of 13 bills that would make abortions easier to get in California.
If Roe were to be overturned, the number of out-of-state women whose nearest abortion provider would be in California would jump to 1.4 million from 46,000, according to a report from The Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.
That figure doesn’t include women who may have clinics closer to their homes, but choose to come to California because there are fewer barriers to care here or because the clinics near them are overwhelmed. In other words, it doesn’t account for the women from Texas already choosing to come to California.
“We know that people, especially as wide swaths of the country become hostile to abortion services, will chose to fly rather than drive,” Brandon Richards, spokesman for Planned Parenthood of California, said.
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