Hundreds Show Up for Impromptu Abortion Rights Rally Tuesday
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
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.