Santa Barbara Takes Place in Nationwide Rally for Abortion Rights

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By edhat staff

Over 1,000 people joined together in Santa Barbara on Saturday to join the nationwide "Bans Off Our Bodies: Rally for Abortion Rights.”

The rally took place at De La Guerra Plaza at noon and was organized by Planned Parenthood Central Coast and supported by many other local nonprofits and organizations. Concurrent rallies also took place in Ventura, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Maria along the Central Coast and most majory cities throughout the nation.

The rallies are in direct response to report by Politico earlier this month who published a leaked draft Supreme Court majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturns Roe v. Wade, the 49-year-old decision that guarantees a person’s constitutional right to have an abortion.

If the leaked opinion becomes a reality, 26 states could move quickly to ban abortion leaving millions of people without local access to reproductive health. 

(Photo: Mahil Senathirajah) 

“The fight for safe and legal abortion is the fight of our lifetime and women are ready to rise up and challenge the Supreme Court. The future of reproductive rights is in our hands and we will fight to save Roe v. Wade state by state to ensure Women’s Rights are protected," said Emiliana Guereca, Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder, Women’s March Foundation.

The groups who organized the protests are hoping it will send a message to legislators that the majority of Americans support upholding the Row v. Wade ruling.

Pew Research Center conducted a poll earlier this month and found that 61% of Americans either say abortion should be legal in all or most circumstances. 

"Nearly three-quarters of adults (73%) say abortion should be legal if the woman’s life or health is endangered by the pregnancy, while just 11% say it should be illegal. And about seven-in-ten say abortion should be legal if the pregnancy is a result of rape, with just 15% saying it should be illegal in this case," according to the Pew Research Center.

(Photos: Mahil Senathirajah) 

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sacjon May 16, 2022 02:16 PM
Santa Barbara Takes Place in Nationwide Rally for Abortion Rights

VOICE at 1:47 - "withholding healthcare from the unvaxxed, fired from jobs, not allowed to go out in public, soo.." Yeah, still not the same as being fined, imprisoned or both for receiving or providing an abortion. Again, covid vaccines for the public health, pregnancy is not. Comparing the 2 is a losing argument, every time.

dukemunson May 17, 2022 03:40 PM
Santa Barbara Takes Place in Nationwide Rally for Abortion Rights

Generaltree - You are (correctly) pointing out the crazy extreme on the one side. But the idea that it should be completely free will and free choice till the babies head crowns is also crazy. Avoiding the discussion of when it should be allowed is the problem we face. The far right want to call everything wrong and outlaw anything/everything...the far left though are also wrong to call it a fetus with no thought needing to be given to it or rights up until the point of birth. We need to agree on a point where it's allowed...and a point where it isn't.

Luvaduck May 15, 2022 08:06 AM
Santa Barbara Takes Place in Nationwide Rally for Abortion Rights

Should women decide whether Viagra & prostate treatments are legal? Church & state determining human potential ruins lives. Carrying a fetus to term is a 18 year + 9 month commitment. Some babies aren't adoptable: wrong color, disabilities, drug addicted screaming & fussy. A sperm donor commits to a few minutes of pleasure. Men can choose to be dads--or not if they feel too young, can't afford it, want to stay in school, competitive vocationally or simply don't want the bother.

dukemunson May 15, 2022 09:00 AM
Santa Barbara Takes Place in Nationwide Rally for Abortion Rights

The actual debate is at what point it should be allowed… and no, “it’s between a women and her doctor” is unreasonable. There has to be a point where the life within must be considered. So… is it 12 weeks…14 weeks…?

GeneralTree May 15, 2022 10:13 AM
Santa Barbara Takes Place in Nationwide Rally for Abortion Rights

The debate is whether or not to keep strangers from making decisions over women's bodies. The timeline allowed by law for an abortion can only really come after it is established as a right for women and their doctors. You have states already in line with their trigger laws - with no exception for rape/incest - and little protection for mothers who may have a non-viable or dangerous pregnancy. You don't think they will come for other personal rights not stated explicitly in the 14th amendment next (birth control/marriage etc)? You don't think the right would push through a federal ban on all abortions if they had the majority?

letmego May 16, 2022 09:22 AM
Santa Barbara Takes Place in Nationwide Rally for Abortion Rights

No, the actual debate is "when does someone else have the right to tell me what to do with my uterus". The answer is: nobody. It's my decision. And you can talk about 12 weeks, 14 weeks, whatever you want - feel free to do whatever you want with YOUR uterus. A fetus has ZERO RIGHTS to my uterus. You also have ZERO RIGHTS to my uterus. Until a fetus has the ability to survive OUTSIDE MY UTERUS and is actually, physically OUTSIDE MY UTERUS it has no rights - it is not a person.

You can feel free to talk about viability and survival statistics, but FORCED BIRTH is not okay. As long as we are talking about million dollar NICU stays for pre-term births in a country without maternity leave or national health care - it is even MORESO none of your business. Woman. Doctor. The end.

Kathryn8 May 15, 2022 09:24 AM
Santa Barbara Takes Place in Nationwide Rally for Abortion Rights

All these arguments against abortion are hypocritical when we have a gun problem that kills thousands of people per year. A segment of our US family refused to wear masks or stay home during a world wide pandemic causing the death of over a million Americans. Obviously, this issue is denying women freedom. The result of a population explosion creates economic hardship, abuse, neglect, poverty. We can't even get the costs of medication down! .

Sun May 15, 2022 10:46 AM
Santa Barbara Takes Place in Nationwide Rally for Abortion Rights

The American Bar Association hasn't taken action against 3 court Justices who committed perjury during confirmation. Additionally, cases against a Justice for rape must fully investigated. How can we have faith is the Supreme Court
when Justices commit perjury as well as push to hide incriminating evidence and aid in an insurrection.

dukemunson May 16, 2022 01:16 PM
Santa Barbara Takes Place in Nationwide Rally for Abortion Rights

There is a point where it's no longer the woman choice, it's a life and it must be considered as well. What that date is...well that's up for quite a bit of debate. But the extremes on both sides (birth control should be illegal vs it's the woman choice up until viability which would mean even past birth) are ridiculous, clueless, and the literal problem with progress in this country.

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