Supervisors in Santa Clara County, California, unanimously voted Tuesday to approve a proposal that would give Planned Parenthood Mar Monte $3 million in county funding. The money would be used to reach more women from out of state who want abortions. According to Mercury News, the proposal now goes to county administration, who must provide budget recommendations as to where the $3 million will come from.
In their proposal asking the County for taxpayer funds, supervisors Cindy Chavez and Susan Ellenberg argued that Planned Parenthood’s services are “important and complementary to the health services provided by the County’s health system.”
“We know that abortion rights are more fragile than they have been in decades in this country,” said Chavez. “In states other than California, lawmakers are increasingly passing strict bans on abortion as the Supreme Court reconsiders the scope and existence of this constitutional right.”
Ellenberg took the request for taxpayer funding of abortion a step further, going so far as to liken it to a refugee crisis.
“I think we’re potentially looking at a humanitarian crisis not unlike other refugee crises worldwide,” she said. She also spoke of the leaked first draft of the Supreme Court decision of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which appears to overturn Roe v. Wade. “While it was really horrible to see the draft opinion, we had a sense that something like this was coming. And that Santa Clara County needed to be out in front,” she said.
Stacy Cross, president of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, says that her organization needs the funding in order to commit more abortions. “We’re preparing across our affiliate to receive  to 500 additional patients a week coming from out of state,” she said. “At least 26 states are poised to ban abortion. This current landscape is exactly why Planned Parenthood Mar Monte needs to expand in both size and services.”
Throughout the proposal, Chavez and Ellenberg refer to abortion as a “necessary and important medical service” that Planned Parenthood must provide. But abortion — the intentional homicide of a preborn human being — is never necessary. It is a horrendous procedure in which the preborn child is starved to death, torn apart limb by limb, or lethally injected to cause cardiac arrest. And while many abortion advocates claim that it is sometimes necessary to save the life of the mother, it is never medically necessary to kill a child through abortion.
With the overturning of Roe looking more possible, it is likely that pro-abortion states like California will continue to take actions that expand abortion within their own borders. And that is just one reason why, even if the Supreme Court does overturn Roe, the fight for life in the United States will be far from over.
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