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The crowd outside the Supreme Court during the oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Womens Health Organization. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Abortion providers and supporters in California, including the leader of the state's Senate, on Wednesday unveiled a series of recommendations to make the state a haven for people seeking abortions in the state if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Why it matters: The Supreme Court is considering a Mississippi case that has thrown Roe's survival into question. Without it, abortion would immediately become illegal in 12 states, and more would likely follow suit.

  • In California and in 14 other states, as well as Washington, D.C., there are laws that would automatically keep abortion legal if Roe is overturned.

By the numbers: There would be an estimated 2,923% increase in women who would have to travel to California to access abortion care if Roe is overturned, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Details: The recommendations from the California Future of Abortion Council include urging state politicians to ensure "sufficient financial support" by increasing funds for abortion fund organizations and providers, as well as to improve infrastructure, to support those seeking to access the practice — particularly since an influx of out-of-state patients is expected.

  • It asks state lawmakers to reimburse providers for services to those who cannot afford to pay an abortion, including non-state residents that do not qualify for state financial aid under Medicaid.
  • The council recommends that the state also enact legal protections for abortion providers, as well as for all patients seeking treatment. The state, the council says, should "expressly protect patients who choose to self-manage their abortion as well as those who assist them."

Between the lines: Toni Atkins (D), president pro tempore of the California state Senate, helped write the recommendations. In a letter introducing the council's report, she said she California should "continue to serve as a beacon of hope for the rest of our nation."

What they're saying: "At a time when reproductive rights and women’s health care are under attack in this country, California is stepping up to meet the moment – we’re proud to have enacted some of the strongest reproductive freedom measures in the nation, and we’re proud to have helped advance the California Future of Abortion Council," California Gov. Gavin Newsom in an emailed statement.

  • "We take seriously the recommendations made in this report as California continues to lead the nation in protecting such fundamental rights."

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Jan 12, 2022 - Axios Denver

Top issues to watch at Colorado Capitol: Abortion, spending and air quality

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Expect Colorado lawmakers to file hundreds of bills this session and for hundreds to win approval.

For the record: Most will have limited impact, but a handful of major issues will face fierce debate.

Jan 13, 2022 - Health

Biden's FDA nominee faces uncertain Senate vote

FDA commissioner nominee Robert Califf. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Robert Califf, President Biden's nominee to lead the FDA, is facing a surprisingly tight confirmation vote in the Senate.

Between the lines: A handful of Democrats have already announced their opposition to him over concerns about his drug industry ties or the FDA's record on the opioid epidemic, and several others may be on the fence.

  • But abortion politics — not to mention the opportunity to sink a Biden nominee — are complicating efforts to make up for these defectors with Republican votes.
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DOJ's China Initiative under scrutiny as cases fall apart

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The tide of public opinion may be turning against the Justice Department's China Initiative, as more cases fall apart and more of the researchers charged are speaking out.

The big picture: Chinese government-linked economic and industrial espionage in the United States is a real concern, but the China Initiative's flaws may be overshadowing the problem it was intended to address.