Santa Barbara Takes Place in Nationwide Rally for Abortion Rights
By edhat staff
Over 1,000 people joined together in Santa Barbara on Saturday to join the nationwide "Bans Off Our Bodies: Rally for Abortion Rights.”
The rally took place at De La Guerra Plaza at noon and was organized by Planned Parenthood Central Coast and supported by many other local nonprofits and organizations. Concurrent rallies also took place in Ventura, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Maria along the Central Coast and most majory cities throughout the nation.
The rallies are in direct response to report by Politico earlier this month who published a leaked draft Supreme Court majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturns Roe v. Wade, the 49-year-old decision that guarantees a person’s constitutional right to have an abortion.
If the leaked opinion becomes a reality, 26 states could move quickly to ban abortion leaving millions of people without local access to reproductive health.
(Photo: Mahil Senathirajah)
“The fight for safe and legal abortion is the fight of our lifetime and women are ready to rise up and challenge the Supreme Court. The future of reproductive rights is in our hands and we will fight to save Roe v. Wade state by state to ensure Women’s Rights are protected," said Emiliana Guereca, Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder, Women’s March Foundation.
The groups who organized the protests are hoping it will send a message to legislators that the majority of Americans support upholding the Row v. Wade ruling.
Pew Research Center conducted a poll earlier this month and found that 61% of Americans either say abortion should be legal in all or most circumstances.
"Nearly three-quarters of adults (73%) say abortion should be legal if the woman’s life or health is endangered by the pregnancy, while just 11% say it should be illegal. And about seven-in-ten say abortion should be legal if the pregnancy is a result of rape, with just 15% saying it should be illegal in this case," according to the Pew Research Center.
(Photos: Mahil Senathirajah)