Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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This article has been updated with photos from Friday's vigil in the above slideshow. All photos are provided by Shapiro Photo.

 


By edhat staff
June 24, 2022

Planned Parenthood California Central Coast is hosting a "Vigil for Roe" at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Friday at 5:30 p.m. following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the landmark abortion rights case. 

"We hope you'll join us in solidarity," the nonprofit women's clinic posted on social media.

A draft of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Mississippi's law limiting abortions at 15 weeks was leaked last month. Hundreds of protestors gathered at De La Guerra Plaza on May 3 for the nationwide "Bans Off Our Bodies" movement in response to the court's proposed decision.

The final decision was released from the Supreme Court on Friday, effectively overturning the nearly 50-year precedent granting women protection of their own reproductive rights.

Planned Parenthood health centers in California will continue to provide care and resources, including abortions due to state law.

"We believe all people — no matter where they live — should have the right to control their own body, life, and future. It is unjust and unacceptable that people in some states have been robbed of that right, forced to overcome unjust barriers just to access to the abortion care they need and deserve," Planned Parenthood California Central Coast states on their website. "But know this: Planned Parenthood will keep fighting with everything we've got to provide patients with a full range of high-quality sexual and reproductive health services and education so that all people get to determine the course of their own life. Because Planned Parenthood stands for care."

Vigils will also be held in San Luis Obispo and Ventura. 

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ConservativeSB Jun 24, 2022 03:32 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

The best part of reproductive health services is the reproduced being killed. The second part is the killed then being allowed to determine the course of their own life. I’m so glad Planned Parenthood cares about that!

OGSB Jun 24, 2022 08:18 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

You guys are hilarious. Say you are against abortion to my face and see what happens? You're so against anyone having a different opinion and I assume, you want to throw down? That's the kinda person I would LOVE to meet. Let's chat somewhere and I will tell you what I think until you do what you do.

Babycakes Jun 25, 2022 07:41 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

NINE-inch-Edward: What would happen? Absolutely nothing as people are writing a bit of "smack" here. If anything happens, it will be akin to 'Fightin' Ron' (featured on Mad TV....you can watch the vids on the YouTube).

GeneralTree Jun 24, 2022 03:40 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

A bigoted, extremist, far right evangelist court killing women and allowing rapists to have their babies! They want to control women just like ISIS does. Contraception, homosexuality, same sex marriage, obscenity laws, equality laws, who you love, how you love - and other personal rights will fall under this religious fascism. Yes, there should be a vigil for that!

sacjon Jun 24, 2022 03:47 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

GT - the scary things is old Clarence "pubic hair on my coke" Thomas has already reconsidering laws that allow married couples access to contraceptives, protection of gay sex, etc.

GeneralTree Jun 24, 2022 03:55 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Sacjon - It's the nexts thing the court will go for based on what Thomas wrote. GOP leadership has already said they would go after it if they win a majority. Yet he won't recuse himself on cases where there is conflict with his insurrectionist spouse. The Supreme Court has been corrupted. Hopefully this motivates Democrat voters - kick the filibuster to the ground and make our country safe again from the tyrannical right. This court may have woken a sleeping giant.

SBCountyLocal Jun 24, 2022 03:44 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Our now corrupted Supreme Court MUST be expanded to protect our rights. New rules on term limits and recusals MUST be implemented. It's terrifying to think what else this corrupt court could do if nothingis done. Meanwhile, I hope the Democrats can get their act together nationally before November to win seats rather than lose them which seems likely... That of course would only make things worse for the county. If you have time donate it to get the vote out for Democrats running for Senate and the House. If you have money, no matter the amount, donate it to support Democrats running for Senate and the House. - GET INVOLVED!

ZeroHawk Jun 24, 2022 03:47 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

screw SCOTUS. they just showed the entire nation that they lie. they lied to just get a job. i've got zero faith in our judicial system especially SCOTUS. What a joke. 3 of them flat out lied about this law being precedent. 3 of them. Of course it's the 3 that a liar with orange hair nominated. They have also fused church and state this week among many other things that goes against our society norms and precedent law. This radical supreme court is going against the will of the people and needs to be stopped. this is a flat out assault on our rights, our constitution and our lives.

GeneralTree Jun 24, 2022 04:05 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

The court needs to be expanded - and justices need to have term limits. 10 years is a good arbitrary number. Lifetime appointments for evangelical far-right terrorists isn't going to work.

Voice of Reason Jun 24, 2022 04:19 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Our senators and representatives needs term limits way before justices do, if they did have limits they would have codified abortion rights long ago as they wouldn't be bound to 'toe the party line' and be behooven to the senior party leadership in order to get re-elected. It would free them to actually legislate for their constituents rather than for their party.

doulie Jun 24, 2022 09:49 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

ZERO - As democrats would say about Obama and others changing their minds about significant issues, the SC has "evolved." Relative to Roe, the SC righted a legal wrong, it did not go against "our constitution." You and others still have the ability to murder a child if you choose.

Alexblue Jun 25, 2022 11:10 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

They all lied. They tell the truth when people aren't looking to satisfy and activate their political and financial supporters--people need to pay attention when they do that and believe them. They want to control your actions by imposing their religious beliefs on you. They won't stop here.

lacey Jun 24, 2022 04:22 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

We need to boycott all churches, eg. catholic, that have promoted this violence against women. The church and state provision of the constitution is violated. Tax the churches and use the money to help support these poor women who cannot afford mandated pregnancies. Also let's bill the Vatican to support these children.

Chip of SB Jun 24, 2022 04:51 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Lacey, looking towards the upcoming midterm election you should consider that Latinos are, or perhaps were, a cornerstone of the democratic voting base. Most Latinos are catholic. Just sayin...

OGSB Jun 24, 2022 07:26 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Lacey- I'm NOT Catholic, but... What "violence against women" are you talking about? Not being able to kill your baby? These "poor women" can use FREE birth control instead of abortion. I'm all for women, not the government, doing what they want and support RvW, but abortion for birth control, because your lazy is disgusting.

a-1656128274 Jun 24, 2022 08:37 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Oof, it's like debating a wall. You stated that "but abortion for birth control, because your lazy is disgusting." And I stated, that's not a thing. There's no data to suggest that women as a whole use abortion as a birth control. Getting a medical procedure is a thought-out process between a woman and her doctor. Unless of course you're referring to actual birth control pills as abortion and, well, if that's the case then I can't engage with you any further.

OGSB Jun 24, 2022 09:45 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

8:37- I didn't suggest that "women as a whole" use abortion as birth control. Please read. I agree that "Getting a medical procedure is a thought-out process between a woman and her doctor" and I have no issue. No...I'm not "referring to actual birth control pills as abortion". Where did you get that? My point is, that there are many easy ways to prevent the vast majority of pregnancies. If you don't want to get pregnant and want to have sex, please use one! Don't use abortion.
Signed, The Wall.

GeneralTree Jun 24, 2022 10:13 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

"These "poor women" can use FREE birth control instead of abortion. " Clarence Thomas wrote in his argument overturning Roe that the very case that allows birth control should be overturned. The GOP is a terrorist organization on the level of the Taliban. They will be stopped.

Alexblue Jun 25, 2022 11:08 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Doulie, stop being such an extremist. Start looking at things in a practical and rational way. Is a chemical abortion of a 32 cell blastosis violence inflicted upon a baby? Is you masturbating and not using the sperm for their purpose, to create a future baby, violence inflicted upon a baby? Of course not.

doulie Jun 25, 2022 12:34 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Alex - My comment to Lacey is practical and reasonable asking if they considered the abortion of a defenseless and unborn child murder. IMO the abortion process itself is violent, the pain that could be experienced by the baby on/about the 20th week definitely adds to this violent act of murder. You're way out in left field asking about "masturbation" and "future baby."

SantaBarbaraObserver Jun 25, 2022 03:25 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Define life. What is it? When does it start? When is an embryo, then a fetus, then a baby viable outside the womb? When are those words applied? What is the indicator that life or death actually exists? Cite the science and the facts. Otherwise, until you clarify these facts, you're just another old man with an opinion about something that he knows nothing about...

GeneralTree Jun 26, 2022 06:17 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Churches have become political organizations - promoting candidates and donating to campaigns. That tax free status for those churches that become political needs to go by the wayside. These smarmy religious evangelicals that have been on TV this weekend defending the ruling have woken a sleeping giant. We're coming for your religious control next.

a-1656347452 Jun 27, 2022 09:30 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

"Churches have become political organizations - promoting candidates and donating to campaigns. That tax free status for those churches that become political needs to go by the wayside. " - sound a lot like unions, and universities. Remove the tax free status for them too and I think you got a deal.

sacjon Jun 27, 2022 09:44 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

9:30am (probably voice) - Unions aren't allowed to donate to campaigns. Universities provide far more than churches to our society so their tax exempt status is not really comparable to churches.

letmego Jun 27, 2022 10:18 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Let's be more clear, talking to "the wall". Many women DO get pregnant on birth control. "Don't want to get pregnant, use BC." Well...duh? However, we still deserve the right to bodily autonomy, full stop. We don't even force dead people to give up their organs to save a living, breathing person.

Abortion is not murder, it is the ending of a pregnancy. There is not a "baby", it is a fetus. It is not a person, it is possibly a future person. There are many many reasons why it is not a "baby", and spontaneous abortions are a thing (as are ectopic pregnancies, severe fetal abnormalities). All of these are things that most reasonable people would consider LEGITIMATE REASONS to end a pregnancy.

But in the end, it DOES NOT MATTER what YOU think is a legitimate reason. It is MY BODY and MY UTERUS. Nobody has a right to use my body without my permission.

Luvaduck Jun 27, 2022 10:35 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Blastocyte cells start growing, five or six days after sperm-meets-egg. Dividing blastodyte cells become an embroyo 10 - 12 weeks later, then a fetus, thenmust become a VIABLE entity that can survive outside the womb before it can be called a baby. Two start the proces but only one carries it, births it and often, is the only one responsible for its care. Women don't rape men; politicians & churches don't feed, clothe, shelter and provide care for babies or children unless they create and support ophanages.

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