Alameda County will be a safe place for women’s reproductive care if elected

The recent news that the Supreme Court of the United States plans to overturn Roe v. Wade is simply devastating.

Millions of people across the country will now lack basic access to needed reproductive care. The consequences are dire. Women unnecessarily dying due to botched back-alley procedures, healthcare workers and women seeking care being criminalized, and the groundwork for future bans on contraception, the rights of trans and nonbinary people, and perhaps even the end of legal gay marriage.

I am beyond worried about how this will affect communities, especially those of color and from low-income backgrounds. It’ll create more inequities in a country that has seen a widening income gap for decades.

As your next Supervisor, I will do everything in my power to protect reproductive health care in Alameda County, provide more funding for reproductive health services here, and ensure that our own residents and anyone who comes to Alameda County for services are protected from any legal action that other states may try to impose.

Here in California, I am confident that we will rise to this latest challenge and stand up for reproductive rights, even as right-wing extremists continue to try to control women’s bodies.

My heart is with all of the people in states that will now become deserts for reproductive healthcare. We must all join hands and fight this wave of right-wing extremism at the ballot box this June and November and do all we can to help people across the country who will now lack access to care.

If you are able, contribute to the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL) Pro-Choice California to help protect the reproductive freedom of every person in our state.

— Lena Tam

Editor’s note: Lena Tam is a former Alameda City Councilmember who is running for the Alameda County Board of Supervisor Third District seat that was vacated after the death of Wilma Chan. The election is June 7.