ST. LOUIS – St. Louis County Executive Sam Page proposed a funding plan Wednesday morning to help women access abortion-related services.

Page was joined by Pro-Choice Missouri president Lauren Nacke and St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell at a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Page’s proposal came after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.

Not long after that decision, Missouri became the first state in the country to ban almost all abortions.

“The state’s attorney general, desperate for higher office, was proud to proclaim Missouri abortions banned,” Page said. “But what he also proclaimed is he does not care about the healthcare of Missourians especially women of color and those who have been disproportionately impacted by lack of access to healthcare based on where they live.”

Jane Dueker statement

“We need to keep abortion safe, legal and accessible. I support St. Louis County funding women’s access to quality health care,” writes St. Louis County Executive candidate Jane Dueker’s office.

Page shared that the Supreme Court decision was a dangerous political play.

Page said he supports the plan put forward by County Council Member Lisa Clancy. The proposal would designate $1 million in American Rescue Plan Act or ARPA funds for logistical support to those who need access to abortion services. That support would include financial help with childcare and transportation. The county would provide the funding through grants to community groups that can then help clients. However, the money will not be used to directly fund or assist abortion services or be used to encourage or counsel a procedure.

“The department of public health is uniquely positioned to work with community partners for the logistical support that will be possible with these ARPA funds,” Page said.

Page’s move comes after a St. Louis aldermanic committee advanced a very similar plan Tuesday. The city plan now goes to the full Board of Alderman.

The county council will meet in ten days to decide how to best spend the county’s remaining $74 million ARPA funds.

“I hope that $1 million of those funds will help those who need access, that no longer have it thanks to that last week’s court decision,” Page said.