San Diego has declared itself a safe haven for abortions. The gesture has no legal effect.

Concerned about the possibility of the Supreme Court tipping over soon Roe v. Calf, The San Diego City Council ended the federal legalization of abortion and voted unanimously on Tuesday to designate the city as a safe place for “reproductive freedom and access to abortion.”

The move “has no legal weight, nor would it matter much if it did, as abortion is expected to remain legal in California regardless of federal changes,” reported the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The city council went ahead with the statement anyway, calling it an important symbolic gesture and a message to pro-life advocates across the country.

in resolutionthe city council claimed that San Diego, as the second-largest city in California, has a responsibility “to serve as a model and to commit to supporting and defending the right to reproductive freedom and safe access to abortion services.”

“No matter what happens with the Supreme Court ruling, no matter who you are or where you are from, no matter what your race or socioeconomic status, I want everyone to know that the city of San Diego welcomes your reproductive rights exercise,” said Councilor Stephen Whitburn, who spearheaded the measure, in a press release.

“I want all San Diego residents who are scared and frustrated by this possible verdict to know that you have members of this city council and a mayor who have your back and we will not back down,” he added.

Should the Supreme Court end the constitutional right to abortion by canting? roe – as is widely expected, according to a draft opinion leaked last month — Decisions on the disputed issue are left entirely to individual states.

In the resolution, council members noted that up to 26 states in the US could decide to ban abortion outright. The hill reported that 13 states already have trigger laws in place that would immediately severely restrict abortion roe get knocked down.

“We are bringing this resolution forward to send a message — that the City of San Diego will not tolerate an attack on women’s rights,” Councilor Marni von Wilpert added in a statement.

San Diego is believed to be the first city in the country to formally make such a declaration. However, Democratic leaders in several states have made similar pledges in oral responses to the Supreme Court’s leaked opinion.

The Hill noted that Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (D) addressed the issue in a press conferenceand said, “Let me be clear, no matter what cruel opinion the Supreme Court officially issues this summer regarding Roe v Wade, abortion is safe and legal in Illinois.”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) has similarly stated, “As mayor, I have a message for everyone concerned about access to abortion care… Chicago’s doors are open. We fully respect you and your decisions.”

But here, too, such declarations have no legal effect. San Diego has declared itself a safe haven for abortions. The gesture has no legal effect.

Laura Coffey

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