The ads are in support of DuPont Clinic, a D.C.-based abortion provider recently blocked from opening a new clinic in Beverly Hills
Date: January 11, 2024
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LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) and the Los Angeles Abortion Support Collective (LAASC) launched an ad campaign in Los Angeles (LA) County, calling on the people of Los Angeles to help protect and expand access to abortion care. The campaign directs supporters to sign a petition calling on the City of Beverly Hills to uphold its commitment to ensuring a safe place for abortion seekers and providers. California claims to be a leader in abortion access, but even in LA County, anti-abortion extremists are working with businesses and elected officials to block new abortion clinics, such as the DuPont Clinic, from opening.
A well-respected all-trimester abortion clinic based in Washington, D.C., DuPont Clinic planned to bring their care to a new location in LA County. When no landlord in LA would rent to them, DuPont Clinic rented a space in Beverly Hills only to have their lease rescinded when the landlord and the Beverly Hills City Council bowed to anti-abortion pressure.
Through early February, communities in LA County will see five billboards, a week-long mobile billboard truck, sidewalk decals and digital ads around the LA area urging people in LA to take action.
Statement by Bonyen Lee-Gilmore, Vice President of Communications, National Institute for Reproductive Health: “The right to abortion only exists if every person can meaningfully access abortion care at any point during pregnancy. Elected leaders in California cannot claim to be pro-abortion champions while remaining silent and complicit when abortion clinics are blocked from opening. We call on the city of Beverly Hills to expand access to Californians and any person seeking care in this critical access state.”
Statement by Jess Fuselier, Los Angeles Abortion Support Collective: “Every pregnancy is different. Every person deserves access to timely and quality care, which means access to abortion care when they need it. Without interference or delay. Let Los Angeles serve as a cautionary tale: in a city and state with legal protections for abortion care, providers still cannot open the desperately needed clinics to provide the necessary abortion care later in pregnancy. Extremist behavior spreads misinformation about abortion, especially abortion later in pregnancy, and cannot be tolerated by our elected officials or police in LA, Beverly Hills or anywhere. The DuPont Clinic is doing everything within their power to hold local leaders accountable. We all deserve a Los Angeles where we can access health care safely and with dignity.”
The DuPont Clinic filed two lawsuits against the City of Beverly Hills and the landlord Douglas Emmett (NYSE: DEI). This is a statewide problem – a similar lawsuit was filed in December against the City of Fontana by Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties after the city enacted a “construction moratorium” to stop the clinic from opening.
Join the fight to protect and expand access to abortion in LA: ProtectAbortionLA.com.
About NIRH: The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) is an advocacy group that works directly with state and local reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations and allied groups to protect and advance just and equitable access to reproductive healthcare. Our strategy is to go on the offensive to pass laws that safeguard reproductive freedom. NIRH partners with communities to build coalitions, launch campaigns, and successfully advocate for policy change, so the fabric of reproductive freedom is harder to tear apart.
About LAASC: The Los Angeles Abortion Support Collective (LAASC) is a local volunteer-led-and-run collective providing free emotional, physical, educational, and spiritual support for those seeking abortion care in and traveling to Los Angeles.
Our collective includes a wide array of abortion doulas from diverse backgrounds to meet the needs of our clients, including people from Los Angeles, BIPOC, queer and trans doulas, doulas with disabilities, Spanish-speakers, Korean-speakers, and more.
We ground our work in the values of the Reproductive Justice movement, centering body autonomy and self-determined health care and futures for our clients.