• Matt Esnayra

Hundreds peacefully protest Roe v Wade being overturned in Long Beach

On Friday, peaceful demonstrators gathered on the steps of the Deukmejian Courthouse in Downtown Long Beach to protest the overturning of two landmark Supreme Court cases that effectively retracted the constitutional right to an abortion.

Driving the news:

Hundreds held handmade signs, sang in chorus, defiantly chanted pro-choice slogans, and consoled each other. The public has known for weeks the outcome of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization since last month when a leaked draft opinion to Politico, but the reaction was just as heated. In Long Beach, it was tranquil, despite the brutal news.

Local political figures made appearances and made brief speeches:

  • Long Beach City Council member Suely Saro, told a passionate crowd, “We’re not gonna give up! Let us use our anger and energy to keep going.”

  • Vice Mayor Rex Richardson read a statement on behalf of Mayor Robert Garcia.

  • State Senator Lena Gonzales made passionate remarks about assisting women seeking an abortion from other states.

Where things stand:

  • Seven states have fully banned abortions since the overturn of Roe v Wade.

  • Abortions will soon be illegal in Tennesse, Texas, Idaho, Mississippi, Wyoming, and North Dakota.

  • Florida, Indiana, Montana, and Nebraska will likely ban abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

What now:

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Friday giving California-based physicians immunity from lawsuits when treating patients from other states where abortions are illegal or limited, per SF Gate.

  • Democratic governors in California, Oregon, and Washington are building a “ West Coast offense to protect patients’ access to reproductive care.”

  • California elected officials announced plans to preserve the right to abortion in the state constitution.

  • Newsom proposed a $125 million program called the “Reproductive Health Package” that would, “maintain and improve the availability of safe and accessible reproductive health care services and prepare for a potential influx of people from other states seeking reproductive health care and abortion services.

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