Caregivers and counselors see a dark time as Californians struggle with anxiety – Daily News
Although abortion remains legal in California, the US Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24, a deterrent to women across the state concerned about the future of their reproductive health rights among historically marginalized groups who fear they too will eventually have their rights stripped.
John Tsilimparis, a licensed psychotherapist in Los Angeles, said residents of this country have been grappling with a mental health crisis since at least the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, and current events – including the recent mass shootings, inflation, a war in Ukraine and ongoing political divisions – had already caused Americans to mourn.
The Supreme Court decision will only add to that grief, he said.
“It’s a very dark moment for our nation, which has been in the dark since the pandemic,” he said, adding that Friday’s ruling “will exacerbate and further damage the psyche of the nation.”
“People who are marginalized, women will feel even more demoralized,” he said.
In addition, he said, other groups could change the Roe v. Looking at Wade and wondering what might become of their own hard-fought victories, including supporters of same-sex marriage and other LGBTQ+ rights, or voter rights concerned that conservatives might be emboldened to try to repeal laws that violate their rights protection.
dr Vickie M. Mays, a clinical psychologist with a background in public health policy, said the public had been upset since news leaked last month that the nation’s highest court was planning to overturn the landmark federal case that nearly eliminated abortion rights maintained for five decades.
In recent years, US Supreme Court nominees at their confirmation hearings have given the impression that they believe Roe v. Wade was settled, Mays said. If the judges overturn the verdict now, it will not inspire public confidence in the government, she said.
That distrust is unhelpful at a time when the federal government is trying to convince the public that the coronavirus vaccine is safe for young children, she said.
“After Roe v. Wade, I think a lot more people feel that the government cannot be trusted,” she said. “And we will pay for it in many other ways. If we see health proclamations coming out, they won’t trust them.”
Meanwhile, healthcare providers like Planned Parenthood Los Angeles have been preparing for Friday’s Supreme Court decision well ahead of this week.
Sue Dunlap, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, said her organization has served about 100 clients who have traveled from overseas since around President Donald Trump’s election in 2016. She expects that number to increase over the years as other states ban abortion.
“Because we know that here in Los Angeles we’re a place that people equate with freedom, we’ve been a place that people travel to for a long time. That’s why we’ve been preparing for this moment for many years,” Dunlap said.
“We did a lot of planning and work to make sure we didn’t turn people away,” she said.