The United States is reeling after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade yesterday nearly a half-century after the landmark case established the constitutional protection for access to abortions.
The medical procedure has become a defining litmus test in America’s culture war. Pro-life advocates argue the procedure is akin to murder while those that are pro-choice argue access to the procedure represents women’s bodily autonomy.
Residents in Ukiah, Fort Bragg, and Willits gathered yesterday and continue today to decry the decision as an attack on women’s reproductive rights. Many bore signs inscribed with slogans that communicated their condemnation of the Supreme Court’s decision: “forced birth=violence”, “reproductive rights=human rights” and “guns have more rights than women do”.
Jim Wood, Mendocino County’s representative in the California State Assembly, described the overturning of Roe v. Wade as “a very dark day in America.” He expressed concern that the Supreme Courts’ decision, “eviscerates that federal protection and tragically opens up the possibility that other rights will be challenged in the future.”
In a Facebook post, Jared Huffman, Mendocino County’s representative in the United States House of Representatives said, the Supreme Court was “overturning decades of constitutional protection for women’s reproductive rights and allowing religious extremists in over a dozen states to ban abortion.”
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