Op-Ed: Vote Yes on Prop 1

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By Joan Hartmann & Gregg Hart

This past June, the Conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the nearly 50-year, precedent-setting 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established the constitutional right to privacy including the right to an abortion. In response, legislators from both political parties in the California Legislature moved to add Proposition 1 to the upcoming November 8 ballot. The Supreme Court’s action returned abortion to states to regulate. Prop 1 is a constitutional amendment that would codify the right to reproductive freedom in the California constitution. Even in California, we need a constitutional amendment to protect reproductive freedom and we urge you to vote yes on Prop 1.

In accordance with an overwhelming majority of Americans, we unequivocally believe that private and personal medical decisions should remain between patients and their health care providers and that doctors and nurses should not be threatened with legal or criminal penalties for providing basic health care to patients. Whether, when and who to have a child with are the most intimate and personal decisions people make and the government should not insert itself into such choices.

California has long been recognized as a state supportive of reproductive rights with strong individual privacy protections. Our state legalized abortion prior to Roe with the Therapeutic Abortion Act signed into law by Governor Ronald Reagan in 1967. But the right to obtain an abortion is not explicitly enshrined in our state constitution, rather it exists in statute. In overturning Roe, Justice Samuel Alito opined that the right to privacy does not exist within the U.S. constitutional framework. Given that so many of our basic rights, freedoms, and individual liberties are predicated on the right to privacy - now under activist judicial threat - we must act to enshrine basic rights into our state constitution to help ensure that they cannot be taken away from us. In California only a majority of voters - not legislators - can amend our state constitution.

Passage of Prop 1 means that politicians, now or in the future, cannot deny or interfere with reproductive freedoms without a majority vote of the people of California. This very state constitutional mechanism is what the voters of Kansas valiantly rallied to protect earlier this summer when anti-abortion activists tried to usurp the power of regulating abortion out of the state constitution and put it into the hands of zealous conservative politicians, with the goal of outlawing abortion. Voters overwhelmingly rejected this effort and abortion remains legal in Kansas. 

Abortion is a personal decision and people should be able to make private medical decisions with their health care providers without political interference. 

Prior to Roe, abortion was illegal throughout much of the country. The dismantling of Roe leaves the U.S. with a chaotic web of rules and regulations, that zealous conservative politicians will continue to work to erode. Many seek to outlaw abortion altogether. But across the U.S. voters are revolting and turning out in unprecedented numbers to protect abortion at the ballot box. Recognizing this, extreme GOP Senator Lindsey Graham introduced legislation for a nationwide abortion ban in the Senate last month.

More than a dozen states already have full abortion bans in place forcing thousands of pregnant individuals to travel to California, including to the Central Coast, for care. Our state is a symbol of compassion, hope, and progress and we have a moral obligation to help people access the basic health care they need.

Prop 1 protects the most vulnerable. Research suggests that the health of pregnant individuals is put at risk without the right to choose whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term or choose to safely end a pregnancy. The U.S. already has the highest maternal death rate among industrialized nations globally. Maternal deaths are disproportionately concentrated among people with low incomes and among people of color - with Black Americans three times more likely to die during childbirth than white Americans.

Currently, one in four of those who can become pregnant in the U.S. will obtain an abortion by the age of 45 and a majority of those in the U.S. who obtain abortions have already given birth. Studies show that the choice to plan, delay, and space births greatly increases U.S. women’s opportunities, workforce participation and wages, and attainment of a college education. Individuals should retain the freedom to decide how to best live their lives and plan their families.

As political leaders, we must do all we can to protect and advance the rights of those who we represent, this includes ensuring abortion is legal and accessible and that important health care decisions are left to individuals and their health care providers. We can achieve this by voting YES on Prop 1.

The views and opinions expressed are those of Joan Hartmann and Gregg Hart as individuals and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the entities they represent. For identification purposes only, Joan Hartmann is elected to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors representing the Third District and Gregg Hart is elected to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors representing the Second District and is a current candidate for the State Assembly, District 37.


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SBLetsGetAlong Oct 06, 2022 03:12 PM
Op-Ed: Vote Yes on Prop 1

Politics on EdHat? Wow, why?
The existing CA Constitution allows abortions on unviable, non living fetus (up to 24 weeks) unless the pregnancy puts the health or life of the mother.

So why do we need Prop 1?

Per the writer of this piece, “ Research suggests that the health of pregnant individuals is put at risk without the right to choose whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term ”
Not true.
Currently if the woman’s life is at risk she can obtain an abortion. No need for Prop 1.

What else is buried deep in Prop 1?

There is already a right to privacy guaranteed in the existing California Constitution.

So again I ask why is EdHst posting something g like this pushing this agenda?

sacjon Oct 06, 2022 03:24 PM
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"why is EdHst posting something g like this " - because it's a private local news/commentary site in a heavily liberal town in a very liberal state. Getting so sick of all these cons/repubs coming here and complaining about it being liberal. LOOK WHERE YOU ARE. Do I go to Parler and cry about being downvoted?

sacjon Oct 06, 2022 03:34 PM
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SBLETS - "The existing CA Constitution allows abortions" - you didn't read the article, did you?

"the right to obtain an abortion is not explicitly enshrined in our state constitution, rather it exists in statute."

"we must act to enshrine basic rights into our state constitution to help ensure that they cannot be taken away from us"

"In California only a majority of voters - not legislators - can amend our state constitution."

These reasons are "why we need Prop 1."

a-1665095760 Oct 06, 2022 03:36 PM
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It was posted because it's an Op-Ed and anyone local is allowed to write one about their Opinion, the "op" in Op-ed... get it? You're more than welcome to write your own and send it to ed.

ChillinGrillin Oct 06, 2022 03:51 PM
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Poor triggered snowflakes, it must be hard getting tricked into the dumpster of history by a cartoonish conman

GeneralTree Oct 06, 2022 07:51 PM
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SBLETSGETALONG you're triggered. It's ok We can talk you down out of your tree. "So again I ask why is EdHst posting something g like this pushing this agenda?" Because it's the right thing to do to keep women's rights. Most of us are all so glad to live in a non-fascist state where women keep their rights, where we value everyone regardless of race or sexual preference - unlike red states where minorities are lynched and girls are forced to carry rapist babies, and women carrying a pregnancy that could kill them are denied a choice. Also the proud boys, oath keepers, and other far-right library attacking yahoos should move now. The end.

GeneralTree Oct 06, 2022 07:53 PM
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"Do I go to Parler and cry about being downvoted?" Maybe not yet Sacjon - but Truth Social probably deserves some trolling :)

a-1665205881 Oct 07, 2022 10:11 PM
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7:44 - Um, that's not the state constitution, in case you want to follow along coherently.

a-1665097831 Oct 06, 2022 04:10 PM
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I hope Edhat doesn't cover the school board elections because that's too "political" for some. /s

Basicinfo805 Oct 06, 2022 04:11 PM
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Who is crying about being downvoted? We ALL know who the paying “VOTER$” are. But why not let everyone vote?

GeneralTree Oct 06, 2022 07:55 PM
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Yes Basic - those paid voters are paying so much that Edhat upgraded their software. Not.

a-1665117656 Oct 06, 2022 09:40 PM
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That's somewhat of an ironic statement coming from someone who supports voter suppression in the real world.

MarcelK Oct 08, 2022 05:12 AM
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Garbage person who attacks cancer sufferers for wearing masks says what?

GeneralTree Oct 06, 2022 07:46 PM
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The GOP is dead - backing Herschel Walker is proof positive, who is unable to speak coherently among other things - party over country or "God". Seed of fascism.

GeneralTree Oct 06, 2022 07:54 PM
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Don't vote for Christ Lozano. Just wanted to add that. Far-right sociopath who wants to rob LGBTQ and students of color of their fair treatment.

edney Oct 06, 2022 11:14 PM
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The Supreme Court recently ruled on abortion in a way that pushed it back to the states to decide. The State's rights rule and the people elected to lead California want to codify explicit abortion rights into the CA State Constitution. I may or may not agree with what CA decides to do on abortion, but we(royal we) voted for them and the Supreme Court said what they decide is what the law in CA shall be.

The funny thing is all the CA people who want a Federal law in their favor, by their rules, to be put upon Alabama but would freak out if the reverse were to happen and have the Alabama rule put onto CA

a-1665235074 Oct 08, 2022 06:17 AM
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Edney, don't like abortion? Don't have one.
Not a Christian? Fine, you don't have to follow Christianity.
See how that freedom works?

Mebk Oct 07, 2022 06:33 AM
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Every women has a right to choose yet abortions after 15 weeks is really sad. Could you imagine aborting a healthy baby at 30 weeks. Anyone who has gone to their wife’s ultrasound and see a baby smiling and moving and could end that life should watch a movie on how abortions are preformed. It would be a good idea to limit the age as most states stop at 15 weeks unless it’s a emergency. Let’s promote birth control and vasectomy before abortion. Yes we live in a beautiful liberal state but let’s not become a abortion state. That’s nothing to be proud of. And I don’t think this is a liberal or conservative issue as much as a individual belief. I for one am getting tired of the devision we will never evolve hating. Yes I am liberal with conservative friends and we for the most part are all trying to come together for the good of our country and our families.

Voice of Reason Oct 07, 2022 08:31 AM
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MEBK, that is a common sense position and along the lines of thinking for 70% of Americans (per polling). Problem is, both parties want to continue to use this issue to fund raise and campaign off of - catering to the extremes of both parties (life begins at conception and abortion up until birth for any reason) - rather than doing their elected jobs and serving the will of their constituents. It should have been addressed on a federal level decades ago.

letmego Oct 07, 2022 10:06 AM
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" Could you imagine aborting a healthy baby at 30 weeks." This literally doesn't happen, what a red herring.

I didn't even have my amniocenteses until after 15 weeks (results at 16-18 weeks), so a 15 week ban is a no-go.

biguglystick Oct 07, 2022 03:33 PM
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MEBK, the whole "abortion after 15 weeks" argument is rooted in right wing propaganda. That literally DOES NOT HAPPEN. This is misinformation peddled by forced-birther anti-choice people. Also, it's no one's business, ever, why ANY woman would seek an abortion. It would not affect you or your life in the least. Millions of forced birthed unwanted babies, though, would affect us all, quite negatively.

Voice of Reason Oct 07, 2022 09:02 PM
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Your the one spreading misinformation Bigulgy, it is exceedingly rare but it certainly happens. “literally DOES NOT HAPPEN” is most certainly misinformation / propoganda, just not the right wing kind. https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/abortion.htm

a-1665252734 Oct 08, 2022 11:12 AM
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Some who go to an untrasound find their otherwise healthy child has a terrible genetic disease, has no brain other than a stem, or is a mass of cells. Yes, 15 weeks seems like a long time to find this out, but many women do not have access to medical care in their early pregnancy and go to the clinic when something seems wrong. I have had friends in all three of these circumstances. It should be the right of women to decide for their lives and bodies.

PitLocal Oct 07, 2022 09:33 AM
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I used to think abortion was no big deal. I had friends in college get abortions and it was hard on them, but they handled it okay, from what I could see (admittedly distant). Years later came marriage and three children. Having been the father through all of that, feeling the babies move in her womb, going through the pregnancy process, I started to think a little differently about it. My wife became pregnant with baby #4, and the baby died in utero, we believe from a door that unexpectedly fell onto her belly. She had to give birth to the deceased fetus. I didn't think it would affect me that much because I never got to meet the baby. I could not have been more wrong. I grieved heavily and still grieve from it. It had a profound impact on me to hold my deceased son after he had been born. Ever since then I've realized that an unspoken and unexplainably deep bond develops between the child and it's parents (fathers too) during the pregnancy process. My views on abortion have changed. It's not something to be taken lightly.

PitLocal Oct 07, 2022 09:52 AM
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SacJon you're right, but it sure is awful when EdHat deletes comments simply because they contain a viewpoint that even slightly differs from that of it's editorial staff - its a suppression of debate, it's a suppression of speech. Debate and freedom of speech are essential for healthy democracy. When the left leaning media works so hard to suppress debate it engenders distrust. What's wrong with just talking about issues? I guess that's just not allowed in todays ever enlightened progressive world.

PitLocal Oct 07, 2022 10:28 AM
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Hey EdHat, I guess you're not even gonna show the comments that you deleted, are you?

sacjon Oct 07, 2022 10:07 AM
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PIT - you're right. Abortion is NOT to be taken lightly. It can be an extremely traumatic experience and is a heavy decision. Being Pro-Choice is not Pro-Abortion though. The point is, we, especially as men, have no right to force a woman to carry a child to term if she doesn't want to or cannot without suffering emotional or physical harm.

I'm so very, very sorry for the tragedy you and your wife had to endure. My deepest and most sincere condolences.

sacjon Oct 07, 2022 10:35 AM
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PITLOCAL - the deleted comments are visible in the "Penalty Box," but I don't see that in this thread. Where there deleted comments? I think sometimes, if the comments are extremely offensive, vile, inappropriate, etc they might delete them all together.

GeneralTree Oct 07, 2022 01:32 PM
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They do show deleted posts they violate basic terms of service. They don't tend to show them when they are nasty and denigrate a certain segment of people. I see posts not getting deleted with differing "conservative" viewpoints all the time. Are you trying to defend people who suggest violence or hate speech against others? Seems like a losing argument on most platforms.

GeneralTree Oct 07, 2022 01:35 PM
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And sometimes I've seen it where a top level comment gets deleted permanenty due to the reasons I've mentioned - so naturally the responses would get deleted.

biguglystick Oct 07, 2022 03:29 PM
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PITLOCAL, Well, that's your experience, and it is always ONLY up to the people involved. I am sorry for your painful loss. One person may experience it completely differently than you did. It should always be legal and safe for everyone. I never wanted kids. It was the right choice for my life, not difficult, I have no regrets, I'm NOT sorry. Women should always have the choice.

biguglystick Oct 07, 2022 03:31 PM
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SACJON, I'm going to say that there is nothing wrong with being pro-abortion either. There is no shame in that... zero. I am pro-abortion in the same way that I am pro-chemotherapy for cancer patients. People have all kinds of judgements on abortion, but ultimately, it's medical healthcare, and it's absolutely vital for some. So, yes, I am PRO-ABORTION. Unapologetically.

a-1665181918 Oct 07, 2022 03:31 PM
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@Pit - you don't seem to understand how deletions work on edhat. Contact them at ed@edhat.com and ask your question instead of venting nonsense in the comments, they're responsive

CelesteBarber Oct 07, 2022 09:51 AM
Op-Ed: Vote Yes on Prop 1

First, I do support a woman's right to reproductive control over her body, including the right to abortion. But my concern here is with the two supervisors' decision to replace the word, "woman," with "people" or "individual." Those two words appear throughout the piece in an attempt to extend birthing to males, an absurd notion. The editorial decision was, of course, ideologically motivated. Only women can become pregnant, give birth (or not), and nurse their infants. Increasingly though, language itself is hijacked to suit a particular agenda -- to accommodate the radical end of the transgender movement. Homo Sapiens are higher order mammals. Mammals are born either male or female. This is also true for most animal life: birds, insects, reptiles, fish. Yes, "science is real," to take from the current mantra. So to deny basic human evolution and biology is an assault on biological females: the denial that only women have the ability to create human life in our wombs and then nurture an infant through our bodies. It's tough enough to be born female, and now we are commanded to compete with men for our own scrap of biological autonomy. Female human beings carry the XX sex chromosome; males carry the XY (and in rare cases, the XYY). Those sex-specific chromosomes are located in every cell within the human body: skin, brain, heart, muscle tissue -- every cell. There is no disputing this scientific fact. "People" do not conceive, carry to full term, and go into labor. As a feminist, I do not understand why other women will not speak out for biological women and girls. Why must we permit language itself to deny who and what we are, and were from the instant we were conceived in our mother's womb. Newspeak is the major thread that runs through George Orwell's 1984; language becomes the means through which government can control its people. (And why the novel was written on the heels of publication of his excellent essay, "Politics and the English Language." Read it. ) Reproductive Choice is a woman's right. Period.

GeneralTree Oct 07, 2022 01:38 PM
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Celeste - it sounds like you have a lot of hang ups about transgender people. Why not allow people to be called whatever they'd like to be called. Who really cares? We all end up worm-dust in the end anyway. Does it trouble you that deeply - maybe time for some soul searching. There are a lot of better things to oneself with.

biguglystick Oct 07, 2022 03:27 PM
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Celeste, WOW. Transphobic much?? I suggest you listen to the podcast about a trans man who gave birth. It's very insightful. Truly, it takes NOTHING away from women (or anyone else) to be inclusive to trans people. Here's a link if you care to open your mind and heart to empathy. https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2017/06/157101/pregnant-transgender-man

a-1665182224 Oct 07, 2022 03:37 PM
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Celeste - time to walk out of the Stone Age. People have different gender identities than male or female regardless of their biological sex. Saying "individual" or "person" is being inclusive and welcoming to EVERYONE, something that's kind and generous, right? Grow up Celeste.

GeneralTree Oct 07, 2022 04:20 PM
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Celeste Barber - have you filed any more silly lawsuits against Santa Barbara City College recently? You sound like a real hoot.

GeneralTree Oct 07, 2022 04:27 PM
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Great video of Celeste.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZecUiQr8uoI

CelesteBarber Oct 08, 2022 11:14 AM
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Normally I refrain from replying to responses from my posts. But in this case, regarding "GeneralTree's" comment about my lawsuit against SBCC in 2019, I shall. It's important to correct misperceptions about the lawsuit and my motivation behind the action. First, mine was not the typical lawsuit against a governmental entity in which the plaintiff walks away with a wheelbarrow-ful of money. I sought no financial compensation, including for my legal counsel which I paid out of pocket. That's information readily available in the paperwork. I did not receive a penny upon settlement, but I did receive much more: the upholding of the right to speak, and to do so without intimidation. I sued the college solely for recognition that my civil rights had been violated in two public meetings that year: February 2019 at the Trustees' public meeting; in May at the Academic Senate meeting, also public. And, so that no one else would ever be shut down again at a public meeting on that campus.
The right to speak during Public Comment is considered a sacred right in our country, one protected under the Bill of Rights, and here in California, under the Brown Act. Those rights were violated when faculty in the audience (NOT STUDENTS as has been erroneously reported) attempted to intimidate me and demand that the trustees shut me down -- during Public Comment. When I attended the Academic Senate meeting in May, and again attempted to speak after being recognized for Public Comment, the attempt was made to silence lawful speech and then the AS president ordered the room cleared while I spoke -- an egregious violation of the right to speak in a public assembly. Shortly before we were scheduled to go to court, the trustees settled on advice of their own attorneys. The college attorneys clearly understood that my rights had been violated. The decision that stands will protect every person who comes to speak before the trustees or any other publicly-noticed body at the college -- including you, GeneralTree. That extends to any person: faculty member; student; community member; citizen or non-citizen. I'd also like to add this: If you attend an SBCC Board of Trustees meeting, you will find yourself seated in a large lecture hall. You will notice that the door to the classroom remains open throughout the proceedings. Folks are welcome to walk into the meeting room at any time and take a seat to observe college governance at work. Think about the fact that this scenario -- replicated at public meetings everywhere in our country -- is still rare in most of the world. I lived in East Berlin in 1988. When we would walk downtown past their city hall ("Rathaus"), I was always startled to see armed police guarding the entry. The right to speak when recognized, the right to attend public meetings without threat, those are precious rights. The faculty that attempted to deprive me of those rights set a terrible example to our students, and displayed themselves for what they were: a mob. I would do it again.

a-1665266823 Oct 08, 2022 03:07 PM
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Interesting Celeste how you address the lawsuit but completely ignore the comments about you being discriminatory against trans and nonbinary people.

a-1665330290 Oct 09, 2022 08:44 AM
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More Americans used to support the saying: "I don't like what you have to say but I'll defend your right to say it."

a-1665617333 Oct 12, 2022 04:28 PM
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Just ask Alex Jones. I hope the verdict holds up, and we crush that cockroach and his copycats.

Voice of Reason Oct 07, 2022 01:06 PM
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"people should be able to make private medical decisions with their health care providers without political interference. " ---- that's how you know this is all done for political capital as the State of CA, the UC system and many other State institutions STILL have vaccine/booster requirements. So to say they "unequivocally believe that private and personal medical decisions should remain between patients and their health care providers" they are unequivocally full of BS.

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