From the Desk of Karen Mitchoff

Contra Costa County reaffirms reproductive health rights

From the Desk of Karen MitchoffCONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (July 12, 2022) — Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court trashed nearly 50 years of established legal precedence and undermined the ability of women to control their reproductive health.

While highly anticipated, the court’s decision to overturn the right to abortion is nevertheless shocking and devastating. It promises to erode our nation’s commitment to health equity.

This will not be the case in Contra Costa County. Despite the court’s ill-considered decision, all women will continue to have unfettered access to reproductive health care in our county. I am joined by Contra Costa Health Director Anna Roth in my commitment to this cause. Safeguarding the health of every person in our county demands that we continue to ensure access to safe, compassionate care – including abortion services.

The Supreme Court’s decision denies the realities of the world in which we live. The United States ranks last among all industrialized nations in maternal mortality. Our mortality rate for Black mothers is nearly three times that of white mothers.


While other wealthy nations contribute about $14,000 a year toward childcare, the United States provides a paltry $500. And, American families still struggle to regain their economic footing following the worst pandemic in a century.

In this environment, any action to limit reproductive healthcare is not only misguided – it’s dangerous.

For that reason, Contra Costa County reaffirms its commitment to ensuring supportive, confidential reproductive health-care services. The ability to access reproductive care and to maintain autonomy over our own bodies remains essential to the health and well-being of every member of our community.

Any loss of reproductive rights threatens us all, particularly women, and especially communities of color, and others disproportionately affected by health inequities. Less access to care in Contra Costa County would only deepen those inequities.

This Supreme Court decision has led to consternation, fear and confusion. So let us be clear: The court’s reactionary decision will have zero impact in Contra Costa County. We are resolved to protect the health of every resident and ensure full access to care.

The full spectrum of reproductive health services, including access to abortions, will remain fully intact.

Some of us can remember a time when we did not have the right to choose. Here in Contra Costa County, we will do everything we can to not go back to those dark days.

Please feel free to call my office with any questions at 925-655-2350 or email