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 02:53 AM
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"And abortions are not banned."

As a result of this SCOTUS ruling, they are now banned in many states.

A hallmark characteristic of the right wing is fundamental dishonesty.

Alexblue Jun 28, 2022 11:03 AM
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LETMEGO, and also let's recognize the Draconian intent of the various states--in Missouri, based on the language, a woman could literally be prosecuted for making a plan with another person or health provider to leave the state in order to secure an abortion in a different state.

They won't stop with the right to abortion in their own states, they want to take away a whole bunch of rights.

Sun Jun 26, 2022 08:06 AM
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The World is petitioning "Our hearts are breaking with yours today -- as millions of you lose the fundamental right to safe abortion care. The Supreme Court’s decision will have real and devastating consequences, especially for younger, Black, Latina, and low-income women. But this isn’t the end of the fight. It’s the beginning of a new era for abortion rights in the US -- and you have the power to decide what that looks like. " sign the petition
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a-1656297615 Jun 26, 2022 07:40 PM
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I used to think such stuff was "nice." But What do petitions do?! Contribute to get out the vote efforts with money and communications, from emails and calls to door to door contact. Follow up asking if people have voted. Drive them to the polls.
Look what Stacey Abrams accomplished in GA.

a-1656347205 Jun 27, 2022 09:26 AM
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Voting (in CA) isn't going to do anything as they have shown over the past 40 years they have no interest in legislating abortion rights at the federal level. It is now up to each states voters to determine their own fate.

a-1656349400 Jun 27, 2022 10:03 AM
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"I do not view abortion as a choice and a right. I think it’s always a tragedy, and I think that it should be rare and safe, and I think we should be focusing on how to limit the number of abortions. There ought to be able to have a common ground and consensus as to do that" - Joe Biden 2006

a-1656349525 Jun 27, 2022 10:05 AM
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As long as both parties acquiesce to their extreme yet vocal minorities - life begins at conception and abortion up until birth for any reason - we will never find common ground, even though that is where the majority of us are.

sacjon Jun 27, 2022 10:14 AM
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10:03 - what's your point? Biden's statement reflects the thoughts of the majority of us liberals. We don't want abortions to become birth control. We realize the pain and emotional trauma involved with the decision to do this. We want less abortions, but we demand women have the RIGHT TO CHOOSE.

a-1656353820 Jun 27, 2022 11:17 AM
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The point is, the politicians continue to prove they only care about using this issue to fund raise and rile up their supports than actually address the issue. Ask yourself wht just a month or so ago they tried to push through Women's Health Protection Act - which would allow abortion up until birth for any reason - something the rest of the world, Europe and nearly every state finds very extreme and don't agree with. If they wanted to actually get legislation passed they would have written the legislation to better align with 70+% our country - safe and available early-term, rare exceptions for late-term.

sacjon Jun 27, 2022 11:32 AM
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VOICE at 11:17 - "which would allow abortion up until birth for any reason" - That is absolutely WRONG and INCORRECT. Funny how you always snap at others for listening to the media and not actually doing the work to see what the legislation says. Show us where it says it would have allowed such abortions. Provide the statutory language.

Oh wait, I'll do your work for you, again:

"(a) General Rule.—A health care provider has a statutory right under this Act to provide abortion services, and may provide abortion services, and that provider’s patient has a corresponding right to receive such services, without any of the following limitations or requirements:
.....

(9) A prohibition on abortion after fetal viability when, in the good-faith medical judgment of the treating health care provider, continuation of the pregnancy would pose a risk to the pregnant patient’s life or health."

Let me help with the legalese for you... That means that a doctor can perform post-viability abortion ONLY if continuing the pregnancy would harm the mother.

Ok, your turn. Show us where it says something different. Until then, please retract your verifiable lie about the legislation.

a-1656356298 Jun 27, 2022 11:58 AM
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Post-viability abortions would be allowed (under WHPA) nationwide without meaningful limitation. Under the WHPA, such abortions would require only the “good-faith” medical judgment of a health care provider that “continuation of pregnancy” would pose “a risk” to the pregnant woman’s “life or health.” The WHPA defines “health care provider” broadly; the term is not limited to physicians. The provider’s judgment need not be objectively reasonable. The abortion must be allowed even if the baby could be safely delivered alive (there is no requirement that an abortion be necessary to avoid maternal risk, only that the provider make a good faith judgment that continuation of pregnancy would pose such a risk). The abortion must be allowed if, in the provider’s good faith judgment, there is any risk, whether physical or mental, however insignificant or remote the risk. These various qualifications essentially allow abortion on demand even after viability.

sacjon Jun 27, 2022 12:05 PM
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11:58 - OK, so show us where it says it will "allow abortion up until birth for any reason." Your grasping here and making assumptions on interpretation of a bill that was never passed.

Chevy67 Jun 27, 2022 12:58 PM
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@Voice - abortion up until birth is not a thing. Please stop spreading misinformation. And don't even dare trying to come up with some anecdote of one instance on an obscure website.

sacjon Jun 27, 2022 02:53 PM
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Still waiting...... where does it say it will ""allow abortion up until birth for any reason?"

Saying nothing and ignoring the fact you've been once again proven wrong is the same as saying "it doesn't."

a-1656367248 Jun 27, 2022 03:00 PM
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The WHPA defines “health care provider” broadly; the term is not limited to physicians. The provider’s judgment need not be objectively reasonable. The abortion must be allowed even if the baby could be safely delivered alive (there is no requirement that an abortion be necessary to avoid maternal risk). The abortion must be allowed if, in the provider’s good faith judgment, there is any risk, whether physical or mental, however insignificant or remote the risk. These various qualifications essentially allow abortion on demand even after viability.

sacjon Jun 27, 2022 03:03 PM
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"These various qualifications essentially allow abortion on demand even after viability." Yeah, you keep saying that VOICE (we all know it's you) but that is NOT the same as saying "abortions would have been allowed for ANY reason."

Problem here is, you make claims that aren't true and then scramble to defend them once you're called out, yet at the same time demand others to do what you won't do.

You are parroting right wing extremist propaganda and that's it.

sacjon Jun 27, 2022 03:10 PM
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3:00 - NONE of that is true.
"The provider’s judgment need not be objectively reasonable." - where does it say that?

"The abortion must be allowed even if the baby could be safely delivered alive (there is no requirement that an abortion be necessary to avoid maternal risk)." - Flat out WRONG. It says right in the statute no restrictions on post-viability abortions if they "pose a risk to the pregnant patient’s life or health."

Again, the statement that abortions would have been allowed for ANY reason is WRONG.

Here's a hint: stay away from absolute when "interpreting" statutory language.

Voice of Reason Jun 27, 2022 05:38 PM
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Sac, I think we have a great learning opportunity here. Take the exact same thought process you used below on the Women's Healthcare Protection Act, and it's actual language vs. intent, now apply it to the Parental Rights in Education Act. You remember that one as you talked about it a lot. Oh, you kept referring to it as the "Don't Say Gay Bill". Remember? Even though the bill doesn't actually say 'gay' and your grave concern was the language was too broad and can be used to discriminate against LGBTQ even though the langue of the bill contained nothing of the sort? So.... are you applying the same standard to both situations or are you using different standards?

sacjon Jun 27, 2022 05:49 PM
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VOICE - what about answering the question I asked instead of dodging it? What is the intent of the WHPA? I'll tell you: to codify Roe v Wade and make abortion a federally protected right. Nowhere in the language does it say post-viability abortions are allowed for "any reason."

sacjon Jun 27, 2022 05:58 PM
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"Even though the bill doesn't actually say 'gay' " - Lol! What do you think they're talking about when they say "sexual orientation?"

Dude, the exact language of the the PRE says what I am concerned about. I don't need to perform (and fail at) logical gymnastics to be concerned with the language "prohibiting classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity" (PRE preamble) and "instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity" (1001.42 (8)(3))

You are inventing and fabrication both the intent AND language of the WHPA. I did not need to do the same for the PRE, as both the language AND intent are CLEAR and unambiguous.

Nice try with the whataboutism, but you missed the mark..... by a lot.

sacjon Jun 27, 2022 06:04 PM
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"Sac, I think we have a great learning opportunity here." - You're right! We've all just learned you are unable to answer a question without deflecting and that you never read either pieces of legislation.

Voice of Reason Jun 28, 2022 07:26 AM
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It was explained why the vagueness of the bill and broadness in language doesn’t
adequately appease concerns about overuse of post-viability abortions, which is why the bill didn’t even garner full democratic support let alone bipartisan support required to pass., not sure why you feel the need to argue with me over the rightful opinions of others. This was intentional for reasons stated previously and could easily be rectified if they actually wanted to pass the bill and codify RvW at a federal level. The points presented are not false or a lie as you claim but the actual reasons why it failed, if you stepped out of your privileged bubble / echo chamber and appreciated the points of view of others you’d better understand this and facilitate a solution - to often you take the ‘my way or the highway approach’ which is the opposite of the compromise and understanding needed to find common ground in a country as large and diverse as ours.

SantaBarbaraObserver Jun 28, 2022 07:47 AM
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Sac, he's dishonest and not very bright. Yet you are here everyday giving him what he wants, attention. Remember, his fundamental problem is that his entire world view/life view is based on lies. He will never admit to the facts or even approach with reason, because it breaks apart everything he believes as true. And we all know, his faith is a fable and his life is ruled by liars and charlatans. This is why religious people are infinitely more likely to fall for scams, cons, lies, falsehoods and fascists like Trump. They are simply not capable of objective reasoning. They are not capable of being honest. Ignore him... Like everyone else in his pathetic life does. You will be infinitely better off without him in your thoughts or your day.

Voice of Reason Jun 28, 2022 08:17 AM
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Now that is a world salad, even brought Trump into it SBO! Of course way off base and separated from the reality of what I’ve posted, maybe read specifically what I’ve written again and ignore the constant dribble of protest from others who find it rational to call me a liar, someone who even agrees with them on this issue, for pointing out the rationale of those that opposed WHPA and would it would take for it to pass. I mean seriously, they’re calling the opinions of others a lie, like that’s even a thing, and if they use LIAR in all caps and repeat it over and over again it makes it true.

SantaBarbaraObserver Jun 28, 2022 08:28 AM
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Thanks for proving my points. LOL. But hey, its your life, you're free to be as dumb as you choose. You are also free to spend hours of every single day of your life (1000's of comments over years and years...) arguing with randoms on the internet. That's truly the work of the righteous! You're doing Republican Jesus proud!

doulie Jun 28, 2022 08:46 AM
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Marcelk - It was known many years ago this is how the abortion issue should have been settled, legally. Now everyone can vote their conscience on this issue for the state and not just nine people for all states.

doulie Jun 28, 2022 10:12 AM
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Marcelk - It was known many years ago this is how the abortion issue should have been settled, legally. Now everyone can vote their conscience on this issue for the state and not just nine people for all states.

Voice of Reason Jun 28, 2022 08:56 AM
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Facts Doulie. This decision, while unpopular in the immediate result, actually took power away from the government and gave it to the people, normally a good thing, and something that will further strengthen abortion rights in the future. If more could sperate their emotions from facts and logic, they would realize this.

Voice of Reason Jun 28, 2022 09:01 AM
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@3:08 how about we read the content of the proposition before committing to vote on it? Unlike nearly every legislator that no longer reads the very bills they vote on.

sacjon Jun 28, 2022 09:49 AM
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SBO - pretty harsh, even against VOICE, but you're right - I DO need to stop with falling for his bait, but it's so hard for me to just ignore blatant misrepresentations such as the WHPA "allows abortions up until birth for any reason" or the Parental Rights Act "does not discriminate."

letmego Jun 28, 2022 10:19 AM
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DOULIE: "Marcelk - It was known many years ago this is how the abortion issue should have been settled, legally. Now everyone can vote their conscience on this issue for the state and not just nine people for all states."

Um, what the what?? No. Everyone can vote their conscience? To control someone else's body. So, you are fine with other people in your state voting that your 10 yo daughter rape victim has to stay pregnant? Or how about, you are fine with other people in your state deciding that you have to donate one of your kidneys to someone else. How about letting everyone vote that premarital sex is illegal? What about alcohol? Interracial marriage? Let's go ALL OUT.

Alexblue Jun 28, 2022 11:00 AM
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VOR, LOL, man, that's exactly what the Taliban did; took the power from the government and gave it to the people, i.e., the people who had the power to then strip the rights of others.

Anyway, I think this is all just a brilliant plan for Thomas to nullify his illegal inter-racial marriage.

sacjon Jun 28, 2022 11:14 AM
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"something that will further strengthen abortion rights in the future." - Tell that to the women of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky and South Dakota.

You really call yourself pro-life while being totally OK with outright bans?

GeneralTree Jun 26, 2022 06:09 PM
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The GOP has become a terrorist organization on the same level as ISIS. Pushing religious dogma at all costs, dehumanizing women, devaluing human rights, banning literature. Soon they will go for contraception. let's see how well that goes with the young voters. It will be illegal to love or marry someone of the opposite sex. Apparently the GOP is perfectly OK with forcing girls and women to carry rapist's babies to full term even if the conception is a result of incest. Based on the ruling - some states could make interracial marriage illegal and make it legal to disriminate. And they will turn neighbors into snitches Well, with the supreme court rulings everyone can have a concealed weapon soon at least to protect ourselves when the proud boys show up to start disturbing peaceful demonstrations.

GeneralTree Jun 26, 2022 06:23 PM
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There has been ZERO push back from Republican constituents regarding no exception for rape or incest. That is DISGUSTING. Are there secrets in the closet that they don't want relatives getting arrested for? How could you force a 12 year old rape/incest victim to carry a child to full term. What an absolute moral travesty - and they have ZERO SHAME.

a-1656297286 Jun 26, 2022 07:34 PM
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A reminder of online safety, for those who haven't thought about it:
Yes, we're pretty safe here in California. We must support women throughout the USA.

"With a menstrual-tracking app, you can see when your periods and fertile days start and end. And, because these apps leave a digital trail, other people can see, too.

With 13 states poised to ban abortion after a Friday Supreme Court decision overturning the right to get one, many worry that data from period apps could become evidence of a crime. Some people are deleting the apps; others are sending data deletion requests to the companies that run them. And, while actual reproductive health data isn’t the only way law enforcement or other prying eyes could infer someone had an abortion, cutting down on personal data-sharing could become habit for women in post-Roe v. Wade America absent action from tech companies or the government to protect them."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/05/07/period-tracking-privacy/

a-1656297373 Jun 26, 2022 07:36 PM
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Thank goodness they're doing this work. Only the educated and well-off can take advantage of this knowledge.

Oh good It's all over the interwebs when I google the title.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/newsscienceandtechnology/seeking-an-abortion-here-s-how-to-avoid-leaving-a-digital-trail/ar-AAYSYjd

a-1656297467 Jun 26, 2022 07:37 PM
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Sun Jun 27, 2022 07:56 AM
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