A controversial billboard is making waves in the Los Angeles area, as it welcomes drivers to California, “where abortion is safe and still legal.”
An image of the billboard was tweeted by Candidate for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors District #1 Kevin Dalton.
“Your tax dollars at work,” Dalton tweeted alongside the image on Wednesday. Later in the thread, Dalton confirmed that the billboard was purchased by Planned Parenthood, which receives government funding.
Legislation regarding abortion has been a point of conversation in each of the 50 states following the Supreme Court’s ruling last week that abortion is not a constitutionally protected right. Following the ruling, a number of trigger laws went into effect in Republican controlled states, limiting access to abortion immediately after the SCOTUS decision was announced.
In Democratic controlled states such as California, political leaders have vowed to pass robust legislation that will protect access to abortion.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has gone beyond promises to protect abortion access within the state to pledge that California will become a sanctuary state for women around the nation who are seeking an abortion.
On June 24, Newsom signed legislation that provides protections for medical professionals and out-of-state women who seek abortions in California from civil liability potentially brought against them from states with restrictive abortion laws.
“With today’s Supreme Court decision to endanger the health and safety of millions of women across the country, California must do everything it can to protect the fundamental rights of all women—in California and beyond,” said Governor Newsom on June 24, the day Roe was overturned. “We know that states like Missouri are already targeting women seeking abortions in states like California where abortion remains legal. This legislation seeks to protect women and care providers from civil liability imposed by other states, and sends a clear message that California will continue to be a safe haven for all women seeking reproductive health care services in our state.”
In response to Dalton’s tweeted image of the LA area billboard harolding safe and legal abortions, a number of people noted that abortion is “not safe for the baby.” Others expressed their intention or desire to move out of the state.