By Miriam Raftery
October 1, 2021 (San Diego) – Following restrictive laws and fears the Supreme Court might overturn Roe v. Wade, a March for reproductive rights will be held on Saturday, October 2 at 10 a.m. at Waterfront Park in San Diego. The march is one of 500 marches planned across the country following restrictive laws in several states and fears the Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade. Details are available on the event Facebook page.
Many other states have passed restrictions on abortion and Missippi is reportedly preparing to ask the Conservative Supreme Court majority to overturn Roe against Wade. These actions galvanized both anti-abortion activists and abortion rights advocates.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives passed legislation that aims to protect most access to abortion. Among the San Diego congressional delegation, Democrats Sra Jacobs, Mike Levin, Scott Peters and Juan Vargas voted in favor, while Congressman Darrell Issa voted against.
Speakers at the local march and rally include Tribal President Angela Elliott-Santos, State Senator Toni Atkins, Supervisor Nora Vargas, Darrah Johnson of Planned Parenthood, and more.
Abortion rights supporters were prompted to act by a new Texas law that came into effect on September 1, after the Supreme Court refused to block it. Texas law prohibits abortions as early as six weeks, whenever a fetal heartbeat is detected, without exception, even for rape or incest. The law further allows any private citizen to take legal action against anyone who helps a woman terminate her pregnancy, such as a doctor, friend or relative.
Over the past 10 years, more than 500 state laws restricting abortion have been passed; Today, nearly 90 percent of U.S. counties don’t have a single abortion provider, and five states only have one abortion clinic, according to Act for women.
Seeking to provide federal protections for women and health care providers in all 50 states, even though Roe v. Wade is overturned, the House of Representatives last week passed the 2021 Women’s Health Protection Act (HR 3755) by 218 votes to 211. The Senate is expected to pass the measure in a few weeks after first addressing budget and infrastructure measures, but the vote is expected to be tightly divided in the Senate.
The bill would create a statutory right in all 50 states for medical professionals to perform abortion in some cases, but not in all. He would establish federal law to codify Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that guaranteed a right to abortion before viability, which is around 22 to 24 weeks. The bill would also prohibit states from setting restrictions on late abortions, but only if a woman’s life or health is in danger.
Congresswoman Jacobs tweeted after the bill was passed: âToday, as a proud member of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, I voted for the Women’s Health Protection Act to protect the right to abortion throughout the country. Reproductive care is health care, and we will not back down because reproductive rights are under threat across the country.
Congressman Issa, in a press release, called the legislation a “drastic and confrontational rule that prevails over almost all current pro-life protections, both state and federal.” He added: âNow is the time to stand up for our most vulnerable and show compassion. I call on my colleagues in the US Senate to fearlessly choose life.
While opponents of abortion focus on protecting the lives of unborn children, supporters of abortion stress that unintended pregnancies often have a negative impact on the lives of women, especially the most vulnerable. Advocates of access to abortion argue that women forced to carry unwanted pregnancies to term are more likely to experience domestic violence, health problems, poverty and financial hardship, including increased debt and evictions, according to the Diversion study, the largest study of women’s experiences with abortion and unwanted pregnancy in the United States.
Numerous national surveys have found that most Americans support legal abortion in most cases, although a substantial percentage support some limitations. More recently, a Monmouth University survey this week found that 62 percent of Americans say abortion should always be legal or legal with some limitations, according to the Washington Post report.