California fails to collect basic abortion data — even as it invites an out-of-state influx

Posted on AllSides June 30th, 2022
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Photo by Rebecca Blackwell, AP Photo

With federal abortion protections eliminated in a watershed U.S. Supreme Court decision, California is preparing for a flood of out-of-state women seeking abortions as it positions itself as a stronghold for reproductive rights. Most lawmakers are even willing to foot the multi-million-dollar bill.

But amid all the politicking one crucial question remains unanswered: How does California plan for a significant increase when it doesn’t know how many abortions are currently performed in the state?  

Although almost every other state tracks abortion information — including how many people arrive from out of state...

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