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After Public Outcry, San Clemente Rejects Anti-Abortion ‘Sanctuary For Life’ Resolution

The San Clemente City Council was set to consider a resolution later this month that declares the city a “sanctuary for life where the dignity of every human being will be defended and promoted from life inside the womb through all stages of development in life up and until a natural death.” But instead...

Aug. 8, 2022

Push to Ban Abortions In San Clemente Faces Headwinds Even In Conservative OC

Linda Verraster cannot imagine why elected officials in San Clemente would spend time debating abortion. The coastal Orange County city has no hospitals or clinics that perform abortions, and it has no power to stop residents from seeking the procedure elsewhere. There are other issues that need attention, Verraster says, like homelessness and affordable housing. Still, a debate about abortion has been...

Aug. 8, 2022

San Clemente City Council to Consider Condemning Abortion

San Clemente's city council is set to consider a resolution that would declare the city an abortion-free zone and a sanctuary for life. The council is expected to review the non-binding resolution in mid-August. The resolution was proposed by Councilmember Steve Knoblock and seconded by Mayor Gene James. It is sparking opposition from activists and some council members, as seen during a July council meeting. "It's ludicrous," Councilmember Kathy Ward declared...

Aug. 8, 2022

California Today: Preparing for a Surge In Abortion Patients

Since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade last month, California has embraced its role as a primary abortion refuge. With the right to abortion guaranteed in California’s Constitution, state leaders and abortion rights advocates have been preparing for an influx of patients from states where abortion is now banned or severely restricted. “California has led the way in showing what a state can do proactively to protect abortion rights and access,” said Mini Timmaraju, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “In a post-Roe world, this kind of forward-thinking action is more important than ever.”

July 11, 2022

End of Roe v. Wade Makes California an Abortion Destination

On June 30, a 26-year-old mother of two and her friend left the Phoenix area at 10 p.m. and drove hundreds of miles to the Planned Parenthood clinic in San Bernardino. They arrived about 4 a.m. and slept in their cars until the clinic opened at 6:30. The mother had an abortion and left the clinic around 10 a.m. to drive back to Arizona, where abortion faces new restrictions, if not an outright ban. Such a journey, described by Dr. Janet Jacobson, is much more common since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion...

July 11, 2022

Planned Parenthood Expects Out-of-State Abortion Appointments to Increase by 700%

The number of women coming across state lines to Planned Parenthood's nine health centers in Orange and San Bernardino Counties has skyrocketed following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Michele Gile reports...

July 8, 2022

Southern California Sees Stark Increase In Out-of-State Abortion Patients

Nichole Ramirez, senior vice president of communications and donor relations at Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties speaks to the organization's efforts to ensure access to abortion care for anyone who needs it.

July 8, 2022

Rush to California: Out-of-State Patients Surge to Abortion ‘Sanctuary State’

In the small, dusty town of Needles, the I-40 bridge links the haves and the have-nots. For women on the Arizona side, abortion care has vanished. On the California side, it is as accessible and low-risk as a tonsillectomy. Last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling that ended 50 years of federal abortion protections has set off...

July 8, 2022

Doctors Need Answers on Dobbs. Lawyers Don’t Have Them Yet.

Health-care lawyers are being flooded with phone calls in the wake of the Supreme Court decision to throw out Roe v. Wade and return the abortion issue to the states. Hospitals, health systems, telehealth providers, and doctors are looking for answers about whether Texas’s restrictive abortion law will come to other states, whether their health plans could be seen as aiding and abetting...

July 8, 2022