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Tri-Valley rallies support access to safe and legal abortions

Gatherings in wake of leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion signaling reversal of Roe v. Wade

Rally in Stockmen's Park in Livermore on May 3 in support of abortion rights. (Photo courtesy Livermore Indivisible)

Several dozen people joined together in Livermore and Dublin on Tuesday in a show of support for protecting access to safe and legal abortions in the wake of a Politico report that made waves nationally the night before in citing a draft opinion from U.S. Supreme Court signaling a potential reversal of rights from Roe v. Wade.

Dublin rally in support of abortion rights on May 3. (Photo courtesy Kate Duggan)

Council members, local leaders and community members shared reactions and personal stories during comments at the separate rallies while others held signs with messages to reinforce reproductive rights, organizers said.

"The Supreme Court is no longer an institution we can count on to expand constitutional rights," Kyoko Takayama, of Livermore Indivisible, said afterward in recapping their event. "Their goal now is to roll back and restrict the rights we've all fought so hard for. This opinion signals the Republican Supreme Court's intention to overturn marriage equality, end access to contraception, gut protections for people of color, and more."

The "Bans Off Our Bodies" gathering at Stockmen's Park in downtown Livermore featured female speakers sharing stories of surviving an illegal abortion, traveling to other states to seek an abortion before the original Roe decision and choosing to continue pregnancies, Takayama said.

In Dublin, people met in front of the Dublin Civic Center on Tuesday afternoon and heard a lot of friendly honks from commuters driving by, according to Kate Duggan.

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"Local elected leaders and Abortion Rights supporters (rallied) to defend abortion rights and women's healthcare rights, and demand elected officials take action before 50-year settled law is overturned," Duggan said, adding that a focus was also on "the importance of saving Roe and access to safe and legal abortion for all who need it."

The issue of abortion protection and reproductive rights was cast into the national spotlight on Monday evening when Politico published a report after obtaining a leaked copy of a draft opinion authored by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito appearing to indicate a majority decision in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade. A final opinion has not been officially released thus far.

Tri-Valley Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda), chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Reproductive Health, reacting to the news report that night.

"The moment we have feared for years is here," Bauer-Kahan said, adding:

"As the Supreme Court appears ready to end the right of women to make decisions about their own bodies and their freedom to choose, we are ready to do whatever it takes to protect access to abortion and women's health care in California. Not only will we continue to work relentlessly to safeguard the right to a safe and legal abortion in California, but we will ensure that California is a place that women from every state can continue to exercise their reproductive freedoms in a safe environment."

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Tri-Valley rallies support access to safe and legal abortions

Gatherings in wake of leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion signaling reversal of Roe v. Wade

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, May 4, 2022, 2:59 am

Several dozen people joined together in Livermore and Dublin on Tuesday in a show of support for protecting access to safe and legal abortions in the wake of a Politico report that made waves nationally the night before in citing a draft opinion from U.S. Supreme Court signaling a potential reversal of rights from Roe v. Wade.

Council members, local leaders and community members shared reactions and personal stories during comments at the separate rallies while others held signs with messages to reinforce reproductive rights, organizers said.

"The Supreme Court is no longer an institution we can count on to expand constitutional rights," Kyoko Takayama, of Livermore Indivisible, said afterward in recapping their event. "Their goal now is to roll back and restrict the rights we've all fought so hard for. This opinion signals the Republican Supreme Court's intention to overturn marriage equality, end access to contraception, gut protections for people of color, and more."

The "Bans Off Our Bodies" gathering at Stockmen's Park in downtown Livermore featured female speakers sharing stories of surviving an illegal abortion, traveling to other states to seek an abortion before the original Roe decision and choosing to continue pregnancies, Takayama said.

In Dublin, people met in front of the Dublin Civic Center on Tuesday afternoon and heard a lot of friendly honks from commuters driving by, according to Kate Duggan.

"Local elected leaders and Abortion Rights supporters (rallied) to defend abortion rights and women's healthcare rights, and demand elected officials take action before 50-year settled law is overturned," Duggan said, adding that a focus was also on "the importance of saving Roe and access to safe and legal abortion for all who need it."

The issue of abortion protection and reproductive rights was cast into the national spotlight on Monday evening when Politico published a report after obtaining a leaked copy of a draft opinion authored by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito appearing to indicate a majority decision in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade. A final opinion has not been officially released thus far.

Tri-Valley Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda), chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Reproductive Health, reacting to the news report that night.

"The moment we have feared for years is here," Bauer-Kahan said, adding:

"As the Supreme Court appears ready to end the right of women to make decisions about their own bodies and their freedom to choose, we are ready to do whatever it takes to protect access to abortion and women's health care in California. Not only will we continue to work relentlessly to safeguard the right to a safe and legal abortion in California, but we will ensure that California is a place that women from every state can continue to exercise their reproductive freedoms in a safe environment."

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Michael Austin
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 4, 2022 at 8:39 am
Michael Austin , Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on May 4, 2022 at 8:39 am

This is not the end for abortions!
No matter how the court rules, abortions will remain readily available in America in most states. I for one support women's right to choose. The father of fetus to be aborted have no rights to prevent the abortion.

On another note: Congressmen Eric Swalwell writing on twitter. "The republicans won't stop with banning abortion. They want to ban interracial marriage". What a ridiculous comment from our congressmen.

In America 20 percent of all marriages are interracial marriages. Add that to interracial households in America, 30 percent of all households in America are interracial or mixed-race households.

The top ten states population diversity is 64 percent to 76 percent mixed race households. California is number two with 68 percent mixed race households. The top ten counties in the U.S. with mixed race households are 74 percent to 78 percent mixed race households. Alameda and Solano counties have 75 percent and 76 percent mixed race households.

Nearly 40 percent of the population in Pleasanton is nonwhite or of mixed-race households.


Jake Waters
Registered user
Birdland
on May 4, 2022 at 9:27 am
Jake Waters, Birdland
Registered user
on May 4, 2022 at 9:27 am

The Pleasanton Weekly seemed to have left a big piece of the discussion out: Abortion isn’t outlawed, it just returns to the individual states to address. Perhaps blue states could put it out for a vote. Secondly, this leak (surprised Democrats haven’t blamed Putin for the leak) is to intimate the Conservative Justices on the bench.

Fear mongering is all that is left for the Democratic Party. BTW, did you read today that ALL 22 candidates backed by Trump won their Primaries? The new Kingmaker. November is going to be a blood bath for Liberals.


Swagu
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on May 4, 2022 at 12:15 pm
Swagu, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on May 4, 2022 at 12:15 pm

Suddenly American don't like power to the status like the founding fathers intended!

Great day for children, great day for families, and great day for America!


Dave Ott
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on May 4, 2022 at 3:08 pm
Dave Ott, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on May 4, 2022 at 3:08 pm

I am not going to sugar coat it - abortion is murder of a human being. The Roe decision by the Supreme Court in 1973 was the single most wrong decision in the history of the court. The brief that was written was not based on the law, but instead based on lies. We have been waiting for the Supreme Court to right this wrong for nearly 50 years, and I say thank God!


MikeDavis
Registered user
Carriage Gardens
on May 4, 2022 at 3:52 pm
MikeDavis, Carriage Gardens
Registered user
on May 4, 2022 at 3:52 pm

For the first time in this country's history, the Supreme Court is going to take away a right guaranteed to the people. Sad day to live in in the "land of free." Hope you all are ready for Christian Sharia law.


Jake Waters
Registered user
Birdland
on May 4, 2022 at 5:52 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
Registered user
on May 4, 2022 at 5:52 pm

First, read the leaked draft. It does not call for the elimination of abortion. It calls for Democracy and gives the issue back to the states and the opportunity for people to vote on it.


MikeDavis
Registered user
Carriage Gardens
on May 4, 2022 at 7:39 pm
MikeDavis, Carriage Gardens
Registered user
on May 4, 2022 at 7:39 pm

Ive read it quite thoroughly.

Since you're a supporter of allowing the states and voters to decide which rights people are allowed to have, would you support allowing the states and voters to decide what gun rights people are allowed? What religious freedoms people are allowed? What speech they are allowed? What race partner they can marry? Whether their schools should be racially segregated? Whether they should be allowed to use contraception?

If not, why is the right to make private medical decisions different?

The best Alito could come up with is sarcastic comments about how none of those rights involve abortion. Maybe you can do better than Justice (lol) Alito.


Ben J.
Registered user
Birdland
on May 4, 2022 at 10:15 pm
Ben J., Birdland
Registered user
on May 4, 2022 at 10:15 pm

So if you read it, why the parroting of false, fear mongering, leftist bullet points.
Half of what you bullet point are actual Constitutional Rights and only Democrats create state laws that infringe those.
Funny how the Constitution is only convenient for Democrats when they try to make it suit their anti-American agenda.
Since you brought up contraception, if it wasn't for leftist activist judges, R v W would have never been heard. Teach yourself SC real history. Not the fake history every leftist repeats as factual.


Pleasanton Parent
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 5, 2022 at 12:07 am
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on May 5, 2022 at 12:07 am

Dumb
Especially in Ca
Schools are failing teaching reading comprehension


MikeDavis
Registered user
Carriage Gardens
on May 5, 2022 at 2:48 am
MikeDavis, Carriage Gardens
Registered user
on May 5, 2022 at 2:48 am

Leftest Judges decided Roe v Wade? That's an interesting take.

The decision was 7-2. Three of the ayes were cast by judges appointed by the notable leftist Richard Nixon and two ayes were cast by judges appointed by the known communist Dwight Eisenhower (both republicans for those not aware). Only two of the three judges appointed by Democratic presidents voted in favor of Roe.

Cant blame the leftests for this one. Nice attempt to rewrite history though.

The schools I attended taught reading comprehension and history quite effectively. It appears the schools you all attended skipped the history.


MikeDavis
Registered user
Carriage Gardens
on May 5, 2022 at 3:07 am
MikeDavis, Carriage Gardens
Registered user
on May 5, 2022 at 3:07 am

And like those other rights, as the Roe Court established, the right to an abortion is also a constitutional right founded in the 1st, 4th, 5th, 9th, and 14th amendments. That constitutional right has been retained by the people for nearly 50 years. That is until this court makes the unprecedented and overtly activist move of removing a constitutional right from the people.


Jake Waters
Registered user
Birdland
on May 5, 2022 at 8:09 am
Jake Waters, Birdland
Registered user
on May 5, 2022 at 8:09 am

Mike

Those rights you talk about are in the constitution. You might want to read that, it’s not very long. Secondly, abortion is not in the constitution. I’m not going to get into my personal opinion of abortion, I’m just pointing out that Democrats created the leak, the crisis, for the upcoming election. They are spinning fear again. Just like you.


KathleenRuegsegger
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on May 5, 2022 at 9:03 am
KathleenRuegsegger, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on May 5, 2022 at 9:03 am

The assumption is that without rights to abortion, the woman will have and raise the child, often without the help of the father.

Will we instead go back to orphanages? Or perhaps count on foster care, where many 18 year olds are booted out of a home because the funding has stopped? This nation needs to plan better for these babies/children/young adults if they will cut off access to abortion. Perhaps birth control with some factor for income is a step in the right direction.


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