Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

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Update and photos by Marian Shapiro
May 4, 2022

As a response to the Leaked Supreme Court statement which indicated Roe v Wade would be overturned, a rally was organized by Planned Parenthood and the Women’s March SB on Tuesday, May 3. It got a  huge turnout of outraged women and men from teens to 90-year-olds, filling up De la Guerra Plaza at 5 pm, including many elected officials and candidates.

My photos from the Pro-Choice rally are here:  https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzNfBt (with some in the above slideshow)

(left to right) Former State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Marian Shapiro, and Jenna Tosh of Planned Parenthood


Source: Women's March Santa Barbara
May 3, 2022

Rally - Show up for Abortion Rights
Tues, May 3, 5PM, De La Guerra Plaza (SB)
Organized by Planned Parenthood CA Central Coast & Womens March SB
Why? see below!

The Supreme Court of the United States could overturn Roe v. Wade.  The opinion leaked yesterday is a DRAFT opinion, not the final opinion, and abortion remains legal (at this point).

However, this draft opinion will be DEVASTATING for abortion rights for more than 36 million people across our country.

We are rallying at De La Guerra Plaza in Santa Barbara at 5:00pm in support of our rights! Excerpt below from MoveOn.org:

Last night, we learned right-wing justices on the Supreme Court intend to overturn Roe v. Wade. This decision would allow states to ban abortion across the country, leading to even further assaults on reproductive health.

Today, we show up—to say abortion care is health care and #BansOffOurBodies!

These protests are coming together fast. All across the country, folks are going to gather at federal courthouses and other federal buildings, town halls, town squares, and community outdoor spaces. Because of the short turnaround time, we don't have details for each local event, and most won't have formal hosts or programs. Instead, it's just a natural outpouring of energy as we show up to resist the attacks from the right-wing justices and Republican politicians and demonstrate that we will continue to fight to ensure abortion is safe, legal, and accessible for all who seek it.

The vast majority of Americans believe abortion should be safe, legal, and accessible. We are showing up before the right-wing justices on the Supreme Court finalize a decision. We are showing up to demand elected officials—in Congress and in state houses—take every measure to codify abortion rights.

And we are showing up so that people who seek and need abortions and abortion providers know they are not alone—we are in this together.

Over the upcoming days, weeks, and months, we'll continue to show up. We'll pressure lawmakers and the Supreme Court, we'll support abortion funds and abortion providers. We'll share information on how people can access reproductive care. We'll turn out in bigger numbers and larger rallies as needed.

Today, whether it's five people or 50 people at your local event, it's important that we make a public, visible show of support, declaring abortion is health care and #BansOffOurBodies.

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GeneralTree May 03, 2022 01:57 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

Most of the nation will be marching soon. If you thought it was enjoyable to see people dress up in costumes from the revolutionary war because they bought into the lie the election lie was stolen - you have seen nothing yet. The Supreme Court is saying that women have no rights over their own bodies - and should be forced to bear children of rape and incest - and have opened the way to allow states to vote on gay marriage and even the use of birth control. This is what the evangelical right has always wanted - to control women's bodies and control what goes on in every bedroom. When the Supreme Court upholds the religious minority you will see a mass revolt.

Sun May 05, 2022 08:11 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

Last reported in during confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, not all the accusers claims of rape were investigated. Can the investigation be reopened by Biden? As for Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett did they commit perjury during confirmation hearings? As for Thomas, was he aiding sedition by providing legal advice to overturn the election, is this being investigated?

dukemunson May 03, 2022 05:07 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

What possibly makes you say/think that? The court is (probably) correctly putting the choice back in the hands of the people. We live in California and will of course vote to keep abortion and not allow the death penalty. Texas will likely do the opposite. Its a state issue… and one that will make most of us feel better about choosing to live here instead of Texas or Florida…

GeneralTree May 03, 2022 07:32 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

Duke - Autonomy of a woman's body is a fundamental human right, not a state issue. Why would the state come between a woman and her physician? That is Communism. Although if it helps you envelope it in an feeling and uncaring term like then you do you.

mm1970 May 05, 2022 10:13 AM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

DUKE: Explain to me why you think "the people" anywhere, in whatever state, should be able to decide whether I have bodily autonomy?

While we are at it, hey, give me your kidney. I need one, and I can't live without it. If the voters decide that my life is worth more than yours, I can have it right?

I mean, we cannot even use a DEAD PERSON'S ORGANS without their consent.

dukemunson May 05, 2022 11:09 AM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

MM - One can be pro-choice and yet also see the legal difficulties in this is a Supreme Court issue/decision (see Ruth Bader Ginsburg). And as for bodily autonomy, what possibly makes you think you have complete bodily autonomy? None of us do...there are a whole host of laws that "limit" our bodies.

mm1970 May 06, 2022 03:44 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

I am going to repeat this, again...voters do not get a say in what happens within my uterus. It's MY ORGAN. You cannot use MY ORGAN without my permission. Nobody can. The same goes for ANY ORGAN.

You suddenly allow forced pregnancy, and you open the door for forced organ donation. "Yeah, I know you have two kidneys, but you are 50 and there are these two people in their 20s who need your kidneys."

a-1651624071 May 03, 2022 05:27 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

Great question! To me it's a cluster of cells, to you it's a baby, to another it's a fetus, to another it's the second coming of Christ. Regardless of our OPINIONS on what it is, if it's in MY body, then I get to decide how to proceed. Carry on and have a great evening!

mm1970 May 04, 2022 10:00 AM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

UNRULYPASSENGER
- what % of 26 week clump of cells survive?
- what type of life does the born 26 week clump of cells have?
- what is the average cost of a NICU stay for a 26 week clump of cells? Who pays for that?
- what is the average cost to educate a 26 week clump of cells (IEP, special education)? Who pays for that?

Enquiring minds and all that.

FondofSB May 03, 2022 03:30 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

@ General :
"The Supreme Court is saying that women have no rights over their own bodies - and should be forced to bear children of rape and incest".
a) This is not what SCOTUS is saying and
b) Why don't you tell us what percentage of abortions have to do with "rape and incest" ?
All the (great majority of it) is just lazy, irresponsible and financed by "others" contraception !

GeneralTree May 03, 2022 04:22 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

OGSB The percentage doesn't matter - the fact that the state requires a woman to carry an abominable pregnancy is the issue. You are also linking to an article from 1989. At 1% you are also talking about 10,000 abortions due to rape or incest each year. With that being said - the woman does not need to tell the practitioner that the procedure is due to rape or incest - so the number is likely higher. Your arguments are flawed.

a-1651620873 May 03, 2022 04:34 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

OG- that article is from 1989! Here's an updated article from 2021: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/12/14/upshot/who-gets-abortions-in-america.html

Abortion rates peaked in the early 80s but have been steadily declining and are now the lowest they've ever been since the 70s.

"Americans are having half as many abortions as 30 years ago. Researchers say a variety of factors — including better contraceptive use and less sex among teenagers — is leading to fewer unintended pregnancies."

"Much of the political debate about abortion in America focuses on abortions performed late in pregnancy, but the overwhelming majority of them occur in the first trimester. Forty-three percent of all abortions occur in the first six weeks of pregnancy, and 92 percent in the first 13 weeks."

Not that facts and figures matter to you but they're out there.

OGSB May 03, 2022 11:08 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

Sac - Lol, Yeah my bad. Didn't put a date in my search and didn't notice the year. Just figured the top result that was a NYT article was money. If you all really can't use google, then does 2019 work? It's the same. So shitty stuff really doesn't change, unfortunately.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/24/rape-and-incest-account-few-abortions-so-why-all-attention/1211175001/

OGSB May 03, 2022 11:14 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

GT - What's my argument? I linked an article ( Didn't notice the date) that's like every other if you do a google search. If you're saying that 10000+ pregnancies are from rape, I say that is disgusting and horrifying. Something needs to be done about that! WTF is wrong with someone that they would do that to another person?

Luvaduck May 04, 2022 03:47 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

IF the same men (and women) who want to eliminate abortion would sign on to legally obligate themselves to pay child support and provide childcare so mothers could work (and get healthcare now and social security in their old age), they would be less blatantly guilty of wanting choice without responsibility.

ConservativeSB May 03, 2022 03:32 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

How many people commenting actually read the draft? The draft literally says that the court had no right to make the Roe v. Wade decision and it should be left up to the states and voters. The court LITERALLY allows for democracy to happen rather than rule by court.

Anyone realize Biden in 1982 put forward a constitutional amendment to get rid of Roe v Wade?

sacjon May 03, 2022 03:56 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

CONSERVATIVESB - leaving it up to states doesn't make this any better. Look at the pending 6-week bans in Oklahoma and Texas. Forcing women to travel out of state for a procedure that could be life-saving is barbaric and not in any way "American." No, leaving it to the states, especially in this day and age, is not OK.

ConservativeSB May 03, 2022 04:32 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

So was Joe Biden barbaric when he wanted to get rid of it with an amendment?

Also I am very pro-life so most of the sentiment expressed on here is lost on me. We should be attempting to save the baby’s life every single time. Just because the woman’s life is in danger (which is VERY rare), why can’t we try to save the baby? Why is it automatic to kill the baby?
Killing the unborn should not be a form of birth control nor for convenience because mom’s life will be more difficult.

Oak Man May 03, 2022 05:26 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

I see ConSB thinks he or she’s a medical expert, huh? Mother’s life rarely at risk, huh? Every heard of ectopic pregnancies Con!!!??? Common! I guarantee you you know someone who had one and had a medical abortion to preserve her life. I know 3!

ConservativeSB May 03, 2022 05:42 PM
Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday

Yes ectopic pregnancies occur but like I stated and you decided to leave out is why is the default to kill the baby?
Sac, on top of the 2 I have adopted already? There are endless studies that show there are more families attempting to adopt than there are children available. And I don’t complain about my taxes going to feed and clothe people. I complain when we are told 33 billion of tax payer dollars are going to Ukraine and on the text it says a portion is going towards a pathway to citizenship for Afghan nationals.

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