California’s Gubernatorial Candidates On Opposite Ends Of Spectrum In Abortion Debate
Republican John Cox has been vocally against abortion for years, while Democrat Gavin Newsom uses his fight for more money for Planned Parenthood and calls for increasing access to abortion as campaign talking points.
Los Angeles Times:
Abortion Debate Surfaces In California Governor’s Race
The nation’s divide over abortion rights is expected to be a telltale flashpoint between the two candidates for California governor who embrace starkly different views on the issue, even though protections for legal access to abortion have been cemented into state law for decades. ...With President Trump’s pending appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court rekindling the nation’s longstanding political clash over the issue, advocates on both sides foresee the court shifting to the right and a possible overturning of Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed a nationwide right to abortion. (Willon, 7/7)
In other women's health news —
LA Daily News:
How Can Latina Mothers Overcome Health Factors That Put Their Babies At Risk?
According to March of Dimes 2013-2015 birth data, Latino births in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties outnumbered black births by more than seven to one, about the same as the statewide ratio. Latino infant deaths in the region in 2016 outnumbered black infant deaths 514 to 177, a ratio of almost 3 to 1. (Salazar, 7/9)
The Bakersfield Californian:
New Cancer Screening Program Honors Sikh Woman
Bakersfield resident and Sikh Gurbinder Kaur was only 43 when she was diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer. She died in April at 45, rocking the Sikh community. Local leaders and health professionals say that like many other Sikh women, she avoided any kind of preventive cancer screening before her death. “If she had had a routine pap smear, she would have been fine,” said Raji Brar, co-founder of the Bakersfield Sikh Women’s Association. “The devastating part of it is she was this healthy, vibrant woman. It was sad to see her get demolished by the cancer.” (Luiz, 7/6)