Planned Parenthood opens at Inglewood Community Center amid abortion rights court battle

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (KABC) — The way people have processed the Supreme Court’s draft decision, which was intercepted on its way to official implementation, has manifested itself in different ways, even in a state that promises to protect the right to uphold abortion for all.

Los Angeles County Executive Holly Mitchell knows no world without her. She was in elementary school when Roe was passed against Wade.

“And the fact that we could be moving towards a next generation of young women and girls who don’t have that right is beyond my imagination,” Mitchell said.

She spoke at the grand opening of Planned Parenthood in Inglewood on Friday. President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson made it clear that they are expanding.

“My husband is an economist and he would say that black women are actually too big to fail,” said McGill Johnson. “And I keep saying, ‘If we’re too big to fail, then we must have too few resources to actually succeed.’

According to the Centers for Disease Control, most abortions affect Black and Hispanic women.

This is just one of several reasons Nurse Kara James believes in her work, in this moment and for this community.

“Black women are four times more likely to die in childbirth,” James said. “We have the highest morbidity and mortality rates in the developed world – in one of the richest countries on earth. That says a lot.”

She is empowered to be part of what changes that. The Inglewood Planned Parenthood Community Center is the flagship of the Black Health Initiative program, and it’s Inglewood through and through.

The center features artwork by local artists and rooms named after Inglewood neighborhoods.

The message is that they are available for prenatal care, STD checks, mental and reproductive health resources, and abortions.

“But even with abortion, black women are more likely to have an abortion but not be offered birth control after having a baby,” James said.

This week, one of the oldest and best-known medical journals, the Lancet, published an editorial paraphrasing on the front page Supporters will have women’s blood on their hands.

As California looks for its role in the possible changes, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he wants to budget an additional $57 million to prepare for an influx of patients, whether they are from California or not.

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