Jackson County leaders consider redirecting $1 million to women getting abortions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) – The Jackson County Legislature will meet for the first time on Monday since the county executive announced a proposal to redirect $1 million for women who want to travel out of state for the procedure. abortion.

County Executive Frank White’s proposal would create the Jackson County Reproductive Equity Fund, which would redirect $1 million in federal U.S. Rescue Plan Act funds to cover travel costs, housing and child care for women and families while seeking abortions outside of Missouri, where there are strong abortion restrictions.

The plan still needs approval from the Jackson County Legislature. There is no guarantee that the agency will discuss the proposal on Monday. However, if lawmakers make the proposal at their 10 a.m. meeting, they can either approve the measure, reject it, or discuss it at a later date.

“As elected leaders, we have a responsibility to act when our communities are in danger, and it is clear that the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade has created a crisis. major health crisis in Jackson County,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., in a statement when he unveiled the proposal last week. “The Jackson County Reproductive Equity Fund will support women of all ages and backgrounds, including victims of rape and incest, who are currently prohibited by law from terminating an attacker’s pregnancy. surname.”

Two members of the county legislature expressed support for White’s plan.

“White County moderators are absolutely right – cities, counties and states are now battlegrounds for reproductive equity and maternal health. That is why I am proud to sponsor legislation needed to create a Reproductive Equity Fund in Jackson County,” said At-Large District 1 legislator Jalen Anderson. “Once established, the fund will help Jackson County provide the support so many women now need, while helping to alleviate the damage to our community from the killing of Roe.”

“I have spent my life fighting to defend the freedom of women to choose how they want to be parents or grow their families,” said Crystal Williams. “I want to commend the County Executive for his continued leadership in reproductive health and his willingness to fight to ensure that everyone has the freedom to take control of their lives, bodies and futures. theirs.”

Other voices in the area aren’t so sure.

“I feel like he’s trying to make abortion a countywide issue now that it’s a state-by-state issue. It’s not the county’s problem,” said Pete Mundo, Morning Host of KCMO Talk Radio.

Jackson County Republican Party Secretary Carolyn Caton released a statement about the plan stating: “Abortion is not a county problem, but Frank White and the Democrats are trying to make it a problem. Frank White has nothing to go on because he’s had a terrible track record over the past few years, so he’s trying to turn a nationwide pro-democracy talk into a countywide talking point. This is a matter of state and should be left there. Frank White should have answered about the criminal record and property assessment issues that are driving people out of their homes instead of rambling on about the same tired old democratic topics.”

Similarly, nearby, Kansas City in June passed a resolution providing $300 to city employees who need to travel across state lines to Kansas for abortions.


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