SANTA CLARA (KPIX 5) — Santa Clara County is planning an expected influx of out-of-state women seeking abortions over the possibility of Roe v. Wade being quashed.
“This is an unprecedented time,” said Catherine Schott of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in San Jose.
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Planned Parenthood says it wasn’t long after states like Texas began enacting their own abortion restrictions, a steady stream of out-of-tate patients began flocking to this San Jose clinic to terminate their pregnancies.
“We have already provided abortion services to patients from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia and Texas to name a few,” Schott said.
Planned Parenthood has already seen 80 patients from out of state and across the country. We have over 20 states that when Roe V. Wade is destroyed, women will not be able to access reproductive health services like abortion,” said Supervisor Cindy
Chavez who drafted a measure to provide a one-time $3 million grant to Planned Parenthood to expand space and services, including youth mental health services.
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“It’s going to expand capacity because one of the challenges of Planned Parenthood is that the buildings are small and limited and it needs more treatment rooms,” Chavez said.
But not everyone was on board to fund abortions for people who don’t live here.
“You spend tax money, not your own money, but tax money to take care of the rest of the country. I am a big exception to that,” says resident David Bunger.
The board of directors voted unanimously to approve the funding as it, along with the state of California, aims to become a haven for women who may now have to cross state lines to find safe abortion options.
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“We need to prepare for a potential influx of patients seeking these services here and we need to do this in a way that promotes partnership with the state,” said Supervisor Susan Ellenberg.