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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Alexblue Jun 27, 2022 10:36 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Doulie, LOL, way out in left field--false, you have extremists on the right who not only want to outlaw any chemical or surgical process for abortion post conception, i.e., post egg is fertilized, but you also have extremists who want to outlaw contraception. Be honest, I you think the extremists will stop at this right being stripped, you are either deluded or you are on their mission.

Chevy67 Jun 27, 2022 01:05 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Great points Letmego. Will a woman face involuntary manslaughter charges if her pregnancy is ectopic? Or if a severe heart defect rends it unviable?

Further. Since the court now considers this a person, will women be able to insure their fetus? Will they be able to receive child support from the date of conception?

MarcelK Jun 28, 2022 02:32 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

"What "violence against women" are you talking about?" ... "but abortion for birth control, because your lazy is disgusting" -- your misogyny is what is disgusting. Men are at least as likely to coerce women into having abortions ... or often girls, who they coerce and connive into having sex.

MarcelK Jun 28, 2022 02:35 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

"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."

This is a lie, maggot.

Voice of Reason Jun 24, 2022 04:28 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

"We owe our fellow citizens with whom we disagree the respect of listening and trying our level best to understand their arguments, the goods they hold most dear, the harms they most fear and to try to internalize their perspective. When we characterize their arguments, we must do so accurately and in their strongest form such that our interlocutors would recognize their own tone and substance in our rendition. And we must genuinely embrace the notion that both sides have something vital to defend. Concretely, those who call themselves "pro-life" must understand that those who describe themselves as "pro-choice" are desperate to defend women's bodily autonomy and secure their equal position in the economic and social life of our nation. And conversely, the latter advocates must acknowledge that the former are committed to the intrinsic equal dignity of every human being, born and unborn.

Once that's out of the way, we can begin the hard work of trying to find common ground so that we can, together, care rightly for women, children (born and unborn) and families, both before and after they are born."

________ https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/24/opinions/court-decision-roe-was-very-bad-for-america-snead/index.html

Transparent Jun 24, 2022 06:58 PM
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@Voice. I, too, appreciated Snead's writing there (and I'm not usually a fan).

I agree especially with helping righties understand that pro-choice folks like me are "desperate to defend women's bodily autonomy and secure (women's) equal position in the economic and social life of our nation."

MarcelK Jun 28, 2022 02:41 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

"And conversely, the latter advocates must acknowledge that the former are committed to the intrinsic equal dignity of every human being, born and unborn."

I won't acknowledge that because it's patently untrue. Right wingers are sociopaths; they don't give a fig about "intrinsic equal dignity"; for them abortion is simply a political hammer.

letmego Jun 28, 2022 08:34 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

@Marcelk "And conversely, the latter advocates must acknowledge that the former are committed to the intrinsic equal dignity of every human being, born and unborn."

Sure they are, like migrants, migrant children, poor people, homeless people. Dignity, sure...

lacey Jun 24, 2022 06:41 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Chip, your argument is to not tax the church, to pander to the Latino vote.
That seems misguided as the church has clearly violated the provisions that separate church and state.
Tax them!

Chip of SB Jun 27, 2022 10:12 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

I get it Lacey, there is no place for Catholics in the modern Democratic Party. JFK certainly would not be a Democrat if he were alive today, things have changed. I’ll be curious to see who the democrats boot next.

Chip of SB Jun 27, 2022 10:57 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Here is an interesting article about the growing trend of displaced democratic voters transitioning to a new party. As the list of people who no longer have a place in the Democratic Party continues to grow, I suspect this trend will continue.

https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-biden-covid-health-presidential-e50db07385831e67f866ec45402be8b9

sacjon Jun 27, 2022 11:20 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

CHIP - "well-educated swing voters who turned against Trump’s Republican Party in recent years appear to be swinging back" - SWING voters, not long-time democrats. Yeah, TONS of republicans voted democrat just to get rid of Trump. Now they're switching back. No big deal.

sacjon Jun 27, 2022 11:34 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

11:28 (Voice why you hiding?) - are you seriously saying that now, after overturning Roe v. Wade, more democrats are going to switch to the side of the aisle that encouraged and allowed this travesty against women's rights? LOL yeah no.

Transparent Jun 24, 2022 06:48 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Roe was/is very good policy and pragmatism, and it's overturning is a disastrous day. Disastrous on many levels. Roe was also clear legal activism with barely a thin thread of constitutional validity ... Am I the only one that can see both at once?

We are so divided on this issue because it is an ersatz discussion of the deepest tension of our republic, whether we actually trust each other as citizens and our democratically elected representative bodies. If we did fully, we wouldn't have needed a Bill of Rights. If we didn't fully, our republic would make no sense.

Take Obama's tweet today. He said that leaving this important and deeply divisive decision to elected state legislatures (rather than Supreme Court of 50 years ago) is equivalent to leaving the decision to the "whims of politicians and ideologues." I regret today's decision, but by that logic, how much should we curtail the power of local democracy when we disagree with it on deeply divisive matters? Apparently, state legislatures are politicians and ideologues. Yep, they are. The rub is that our courts are too..

Repeating. Roe was/is very good policy and pragmatism, and it's overturning is a disastrous day. Disastrous. Roe was also clear legal activism with barely a thin thread of constitutional validity. Am I the only one that can see both at once?

a-1656127513 Jun 24, 2022 08:25 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Possibly good points for discussion. But they fall to extreme politicism of the court, such as McConnell preventing Obama from even nominating a SC justice. Not to mention Republican manipulation of voting, and gerrymandering in many states.

MarcelK Jun 28, 2022 02:47 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

"Roe was also clear legal activism with barely a thin thread of constitutional validity"

This is false. You "see" it because you don't read any legal analysis, or only the legal analysis that supports your prior belief.

toot Jun 25, 2022 10:57 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Right. If "everyone has known roe vs wade was shaky," then why did Beer Kavanaugh state in his confirmation hearings that the decision has "been reaffirmed many times over the past 45 years"?

GeneralTree Jun 26, 2022 06:14 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

You've fixed nothing. Under that same logic - interracial marriage can be illegal at the court's next whim. Or on a state's next whim. In vitro feralization, same sex marriage and contraception could all be kicked to the curb tomorrow. This terrorist Catholic court can rule on fetal personhood next and it is no longer a decision by the state.
People should read a little more if they think this is just a state's rights issue. The Far right evangelical Catholic minority has been working on this maniacal and tyrannical overthrow of government for the past 50 years. Terribly sad how so many people here support girls and women carrying the babies of rapists and those as a result of incest.

Bird Jun 27, 2022 01:11 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Why wasn't it fixed? Probably because there was a lot of concern, fear that the pro-lifers would demonize the would-be fixers and, as we see in recent elections, the loudest voices get the attention and often prevail.

a-1656133655 Jun 24, 2022 10:07 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

I have grave concerns about women who have more than one abortion. But I support that.

We need to champion and fund SEX EDUCATION, starting in grade school!

and FREE BIRTH CONTROL!

And pre-and post- natal health and food and other support.

a-1656310858 Jun 26, 2022 11:20 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

To the males who responded to my 6/24 10:07 p.m. post:

I'm female. I had an abortion in the early 80's, in college. My birth control; my use of it, failed. A woman in the recovery room with me had just had her third abortion. That struck me as irresponsible. I never took a chance on it again, went back from mechanical onto hormonal birth control and got a tubal ligation ASAP.
Women can only look out for themselves; no one can trust anyone else with something so important.
About 10 years later I started working at Planned Parenthood here in town. NO ONE left without birth control counseling, not a birth control, STD or abortion patient, not even a high schooler who participated our education programs (with permission if anyone's worried). And yes, the education is/was non-judgmental. We provided all sexual health services, to males and females. No one can make a woman use birth control. We sure can make it easy for us though!\
Yes, I believe my female, involved experience is a little different than any males. Thank you for supporting women and reproductive health and freedom!

a-1656311902 Jun 26, 2022 11:38 PM
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Think abougt what you've actually done. How many actions, how many dollars?
How many STD and pregnancy tests have you paid for? How many times have you escorted someone to clinic for whatever purpose? How many abortions have you paid for and accompanied the patient to?
Me? Two friends' abortions, and thousands of dollars over the years of donations, to PP and NNAF (abortion funds).

a-1656312322 Jun 26, 2022 11:45 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

How many men insisted on STD panels before having sex with their new interest/partner? How many men brought up birth control before sex; before their partner did? How many men paid for and supplied and had available forms of birth control when the moment arrived?
How many men even ever had the conversation?!

Sadly, in my experience of of over 40 years, my answer is ONE.

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

I escorted my college roommate to the clinic for a checkup after one of her abortions. I've donated to PP, purchased pregnancy tests. Fun fact, in the 1990s my sister was too poor and didn't have health insurance, so she got her cancer treatment and PRE-NATAL CARE at PP.

a-1656402616 Jun 28, 2022 12:50 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

I went as far as a colposcopy at PP, grateful I didn't need a LEEP.

Talk about the best, most experienced doctors and other clinicians!

(Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) uses a wire loop heated by electric current to remove cells and tissue in a woman's lower genital tract. It is used as part of the diagnosis and treatment for abnormal or cancerous conditions. The lower genital tract includes the cervix and vagina.)

biguglystick Jun 25, 2022 08:45 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

I cannot believe that this is where we are in our country in 2022. Abortion is essential healthcare. Abortion is a fundamental right that we have enjoyed for 50 years. Now our daughters and grandaughters have LESS rights than we had. This is INSANITY. Minority fringe rule. The SCOTUS has just announced that in this country women are second class citizens that have no constitutional rights to govern their own body and reproductive rights. It's INSANE. The whole world has reacted to this, and it's NOT A GOOD LOOK, AMERICA!!! I'm gutted, heartsick and FURIOUS!!! This will not stand!! We will FIGHT. WE WILL NOT GO BACK!

SBSand Jun 25, 2022 09:11 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Abortion is still legal in CA and in other states that have the legislature allowing it. States need to STEP UP and create laws that protect against wayward presidents and SCOTUS decisions. We are over here being indignant, while still having rights. Us lucky Californians who have been so far removed from so many bad things in the country, in our bubble. I am a happy member of the privileged bubble so am not complaining about that but we do have serious privileges here that others do not have. Easy for us to get on our soapbox when we have grown up in a different culture here on the west coast, than our neighbors in the bible belt and deep south.

a-1656310245 Jun 26, 2022 11:10 PM
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Agreed. But many of us ARE aware. And have given hundreds of dollars to Nat'.l Network of Abortion Funds:

https://abortionfunds.org/

https://donate.abortionfunds.org/give/323375/#!/donation/checkout

MarcelK Jun 28, 2022 02:51 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

There will be a proposition to add the right to an abortion to the CA constitution in November ... please vote for it. Hopefully it will withstand the federal onslaught that the GOP is planning for when they take control of the federal government.

sacjon Jun 27, 2022 09:28 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

SBLETSGETALONG - "And abortions are not banned." - That is a flat out lie. Since Friday, abortions are banned/illegal now in the following states: Texas, OK, Louisiana, South Dakota, and Kentucky.

Educate yourself please. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/24/abortion-laws-by-state-roe-v-wade-00037695

letmego Jun 27, 2022 09:41 AM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

They are banned, completely, in some states. Including for ectopic pregnancies. And what about spontaneous abortions? I've had two...get used to being arrested/ investigated for murder.

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