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“Bans Off Our Bodies” Rally Set for Saturday at Pasadena City Hall

The Pasadena rally is part of a National Day of Action following leaked Supreme Court Draft Opinion that shows Court apparently intends to overturn Roe v. Wade

Published on Saturday, May 14, 2022 | 5:37 am

On May 3, shortly after a draft U.S. Supreme Court decision indicating the Court will likely overturn Roe v Wade was leaked to the media, Planned Parenthood protestors gathered outside the Pasadena Courthouse. [Eddie Rivera / Pasadena Now]
On Saturday in Pasadena and nationwide, abortion rights supporters will gather for a “Bans Off Our Bodies” day of action in support of abortion access and reproductive freedom.

The local event, organized by Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley and partner organizations Indivisible, SGV LGBTQ Center, YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley and Civic Sunday, are part of a nationwide response after a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion revealed the court apparently intends to issue a ruling which would overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate protections for abortion rights — a move that many believe would likely lead 26 states to ban abortion.

 A large rally is planned for downtown Los Angeles. Several others are set to occur today in Los Angeles County:

  • at Pasadena City Hall at 8 a.m.;
  • at Harvey Milk Promenade Park in Long Beach at 10 a.m.;
  • at Malaga Cove Plaza in Palos Verdes Estates at 10 a.m.;
  • Sherman Oaks Galleria at 10 a.m.;
  • at Foothill and North Indian Hill boulevards in Claremont at 1 p.m.;
  • at the base of Green Pier in Avalon at 10 a.m.

If the Supreme Court’s decision does become final, it would strike down one of the most debated Supreme Court rulings of the past century. A CNN poll conducted by SSRS in January found that just 30% of Americans supported the Supreme Court completely overturning Roe v. Wade, while 69% opposed it.

CNN reported that the poll’s finding was consistent with other recent polls and historical trends, and that since the network began polling in 1989, public support for completely overturning Roe has never gone past 36%.

Roe v. Wade guarantees abortion rights throughout the United States until a fetus is viable, typically between 22 and 24 weeks. Overturning the decision would remove federal protection of abortions, and leave it up to individual states to set abortion policy.

Famously liberal California is unlikely to take steps to ban or limit access to abortion, and discussions have already been under way about using the state as a safe haven for women across the country to pursue reproductive health care.

Gov. Gavin Newsom; Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, D-San Diego; and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood; have voiced support for creating a constitutional amendment in California to guarantee the right to abortion in the state. Newsom has also proposed expanding access to abortion services, including by covering uncompensated care for people who don’t have insurance that covers abortions.

“California will not stand idly by as extremists roll back our basic constitutional rights; we’re going to fight like hell, making sure that all women — not just those in California —  know that this state continues to recognize and protect their fundamental rights,” Newsom said.

The U.S. Supreme Court decision stems from the Mississippi case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. In a challenge to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Mississippi passed a law in 2018 prohibiting abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy.

Mississippi’s abortion law followed a strategy by anti-abortion groups to ban abortion after they claim fetuses experience pain, according to The Washington Post. However, most research says fetuses do not experience pain until 29 or 30 weeks into the pregnancy, the newspaper reported.

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