Supervisor Joel Anderson skips vote on ‘abortion’ items for second time
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal from Democrat Supervisors Terra Lawson-Remer and Nora Vargas calling on the State of California to add the right to choose into California’s constitution.
The proposal comes after a Supreme Court opinion was leaked, signaling the court is going to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
Overturning Roe v. Wade gives the decision back to the states, meaning each state can draft their own legislation on the issue. To be clear, here in California, nothing will change.
But news of the ruling sparked a flurry of concern from many Democratic California elected leaders, even those at the San Diego County level.
County Supervisors have no jurisdiction over legislation on this issue, but they just want their opinions to be publicized.
Back in September of 2021, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 to declare the county “a champion of reproductive freedom.” As proposed by Supervisor Nora Vargas, the resolution called for the county to “serve as a model and commit to defend and fight for reproductive freedom, and welcome all those seeking to fully exercise their reproductive rights and access safe legal abortion.”
Vargas, board Chairman Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer voted in favor of the resolution. Republican Jim Desmond opposed, and Joel Anderson was absent due to illness. The September 2021 vote can be seen here.
Supervisor Jim Desmond said he voted no because the county has no authority on abortion. Desmond added he will “continue to oppose items that are not county business.”
Fast-forward a few months, and the Board is now taking it a step further, voting on a proposal for the State of California to add the right to choose into California’s state constitutions.
Tuesday’s (May 24, 2022) vote on this proposal is expected to be the same, with Fletcher, Vargas and Lawson-Remer voting in favor, and Desmond opposed.
Supervisor Joel Anderson is once again absent due to illness. This is the second time Anderson has been “sick” on a day where the Board of Supervisors is set to vote on two items relating to abortion.