Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse
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.