March for Reproductive Rights Takes Over De La Guerra Plaza
By edhat staff
Activists filled De La Guerra Plaza in Santa Barbara on Saturday for a march for reproductive rights.
At noon the Planned Parenthood Central Coast Action Fund and Women's March Santa Barbara hosted the event as part of a national "Rally for Abortion Justice" movement.
More than 600 related rallies and marches took place across the country in response to the most restrictive anti-abortion bill that went into effect in Texas last month, which banned abortions after six weeks -- before many women know they have conceived -- with no exceptions for rape or incest.
"We don't say this lightly: we're at grave risk of losing our reproductive freedoms," The Women's March account tweeted. "All of us need to fight back. That's why on October 2, we're marching in every state."
The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to block the Texas bill, and activists fear it will empower other states to follow suit.
Sen. Monique Limón, Assemblymember Steve Bennett, former Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, County Supervisor Das Williams, and Santa Barbara City Councilmember Kristen Sneddon were just a few of the local elected representatives in attendance.