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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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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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...

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.

Transparent Jun 24, 2022 06:58 PM
Vigil for Roe Held at Santa Barbara County Courthouse

@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."

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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."

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.

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.

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.

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 07:26 PM
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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.

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...

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!

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