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

Gathering statewide data to inform precise policies has been piecemeal at best

by Kristen Hwang

With federal abortion protections eliminated last week 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.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2022 at 10:34 am

Bystander is a registered user.

I have been reluctant to comment on this, but it seems wrong to me that there is so little information out there about this, either by the state officially, or unofficial figures.

Since this is an elective medical procedure, these figures should be collated as any other medical procedure. Additionally, there should be information not just as to how many or whether it is CA residents or out of state residents, but as to the type of procedure and at what stage of pregnancy, in my opinion.

Is this being used instead of contraception, in cases of rape or incest, in cases of non-viable development, etc. etc.? This should be able to be discussed without any moral debate, but in an effort to understand why the numbers are what they are and how other help can be given to those choosing the procedure.

Education is always important, but are we failing to educate what the procedure is and what it is not?

Posted by Pat Markevitch
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 5, 2022 at 8:09 pm

Pat Markevitch is a registered user.

It's nobody's business! Maybe we should collect data on how many men have Viagra prescriptions.

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