Democrats rally in Long Beach for abortion rights measure Proposition 1 to prohibit the most common procedure in California passed by less than 1% of the vote and failed to pass the required two-thirds majority to become law, in Long Beach, California, September 11, 2018. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)
A recent report by the conservative Alliance for Justice in San Francisco (AJSF) shows that many of the largest abortion providers in the state were already in compliance with the law and that it would have required the remaining abortion clinics in the state to close, a situation that is unprecedented in California history. AJSF reported that many of the largest abortion providers in the state, already in compliance with the law, were already closed because the law required them to close.
In fact, these clinics had already closed in California:
The number of abortion centers that would have been forced to close after passing the California Reproductive FACT Act is at least one, and perhaps two, if one considers that the clinics may not have been closed at the time of the analysis because the law was passed, yet would not be required to close until later.
What’s more, some abortion providers in San Francisco had previously closed, a fact that was unknown to the abortion rights group that had a report issued prior to the passage of the legislation:
Since the passage of SB 48 in 2013, one abortion-provider clinic in San Francisco has closed, although a second has not. In order to comply with AB 8, these two clinics had already closed their doors prior to that. If AB 8 had passed, the remaining clinics could have faced similar closures, including San Francisco’s two largest: Women’s Options and Alliance Women’s Services. Even after the current report, there still remains the possibility that the remaining abortion clinics in SF may close.
AJSF also noted that abortion providers that had previously closed, a fact that was unknown to the abortion rights group that had a report issued prior to the passage of the legislation:
In contrast, AB 8 required the closure of at least four clinics, the largest of