As the healthcare landscape changes, hospitals are merging, affiliating, and developing other innovative relationships to survive and compete. These transactions can result in the elimination or reduction of critical services, so it is more important than ever that the Attorney General has the power to ensure the community’s access to care is not restricted.
Recently in Orange County, two large hospitals decided to affiliate. One hospital was part of a Catholic hospital system, and the other hospital – which had provided comprehensive reproductive health services for decades – decided to stop performing certain abortions procedures, even after reassuring its physicians and nurses that their practices would not change.
The Attorney General must have the authority to protect the public interest and especially women’s access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare. Join me in supporting SB 1094.
Allyson Sonenshine, JD
OC resident and healthcare advocate