Laguna Beach rally slated to protest high court ruling on abortion rights

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Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Irvine) leads protesters in chanting during a march for women’s reproductive rights on Oct. 2, 2021. Photo by Andrea Adelson

Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties will host a rally opposing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn women’s constitutional right to abortion at 6 p.m. on Friday at Main Beach Park in Laguna Beach.

California’s top elected officials swiftly responded saying they will defend abortion rights in the Golden State.

“I want you to know this SCOTUS ruling does not change your rights in California. Abortion remains fully legal in our state,” State Attorney General Rob Bonta said in Tweet Friday.

Supreme Court observers knew the decision was coming but it was still a shock, said Gwen McNallan, president of the Laguna Beach Democratic Club.

“It’s super depressing but what else can we do but fight,” she said. “This is the minority speaking out of the highest court in the land. It’s really sad.”

Democratic club members plan to bring voter registration forms and club membership information to the Friday rally.

“Use this as an opportunity to really ignite that anger to vote—we need to—especially the young people,” McNallan said. “People say, ‘I don’t get involved in politics.’ But politics will get involved in their lives.”

Orange County Sup. Katrina Foley decried the high court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization officially announced Friday.

“This decision is one of the largest cases of government overreach in my lifetime and sets a dangerous precedent for our personal liberties and freedoms. This cruel and unconscionable act will harm millions of women across the country and reaches into our unalienable right to liberty—long protected for Americans,” Foley said in a prepared statement.

Laguna Beach police officers typically observe rallies at Main Beach to keep the peace between opposing factions. The Department declined to say whether they increased staffing ahead of Friday’s protest.

“The Laguna Beach Police Department and city partners continuously review staffing needs to ensure safety measures are in place to promote an atmosphere of safety during large gatherings,” Lt. Cornelius Ashton, a Laguna Beach police spokesperson, wrote in an email late Friday. 
This story is developing and will be updated as necessary.
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  1. THERE IS NO BAN ON ABORTION IN ANY RELIGION ITS A TEACHING CREATING BY MEN , WHO ARE OSTENSIBLY CELIBATE,WHO HAVE NO IN-ROADS OR CONNECTION TO THE LIVES OF WOMEN BECAUSE-THEY DO NOT HAVE WIVES, THEY DO NOT HAVE DAUGHTERS.THAT ABORTION IS MURDER.
    IT IS NOT IN THE BIBLE..
    IN THE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES THERE IS NO MENTION OF ABORTION .
    BASING LAWS ON THE IDEA THAT AT CONCEPTION, THE FETUS HAS A SOUL.
    NO ONE KNOWS WHEN THE SOUL ENTERS THE BODY OF THE FETUS. LAWS SHOULDN’T BE WRITTEN AFTER THIS MYSTERY RIDDLE .
    ABORTION BAN IS AN INFRINGEMENT OF RELIGIOUS RIGHT. IT IS OFFENSIVE TO APPLY A BLANKET IDEA OF WHAT IS ALLOWED IN TERMS OF ABORTION ON COMMUNITIES WHO DO 0NOT BELIEVE THAT .

  2. Right to Choose Means Us Christians Can Believe. Thank You. For you ladies who need to know your right to choose – – It begins with intimacy. You can choose not to get pregnant. Simple. Basic. Easy.

  3. Jesus Meza, You can believe all you want. That is your right. However you should not have the right to impose your beliefs on me or anyone else. Equally Simple. Basic. Easy.

  4. Nothing has been taken away, all the reaction and screaming, rioting and nutty behavior is crazy in essence if you look into it ; Held: The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.
    Boom. Authority is returned to the people and their representatives. Where it should have been all along.
    On page 4, in one of his most powerful paragraphs, Alito dunked on the 1973 court for “usurping power”:

    Roe was on a collision course with the Constitution from the day it was decided, Casey perpetuated its errors, and those errors do not concern some arcane corner of the law of little importance to the American people. Rather, wielding nothing but “raw judicial power,”… the Court usurped the power to address a question of profound moral and social importance that the Constitution unequivocally leaves for the people.

    Even “longtime defender of reproductive and women’s rights,” the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg agreed in 2013 that the Roe was flawed:

    She would’ve preferred that abortion rights be secured more gradually, in a process that included state legislatures and the courts… Ginsburg also was troubled that the focus on Roe was on a right to privacy, rather than women’s rights.
    The problem with Roe all along is that it distorted the 14th Amendment’s right to privacy and expanded it to include abortion.
    I really wish the energy put into this was the same energy to keep the gov out of our lives, homes and doings. Back to the freedom of a Republic .

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