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After Roe: What happens to abortion in California?

More than a dozen state bills are aimed at protecting abortion rights

by Alexei Koseff and Kristen Hwang / CalMatters

With the constitutional right to abortion in the United States struck down,

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Posted by historyguy
a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 24, 2022 at 11:02 am

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I am confused--so-called 'conservatives,' who usually don't like change, have cancelled a Constitutional right of almost half a century standing? That seems contradictory. And this group of zealots who thinks they are pro-life, want to force millions of young women to risk their lives having a child they don't want? Again, somewhat contradictory, right? And this same group of zealots then decide to stop states from trying to control the tsunami of guns in America by overturning one state's laws against guns being out in public life everywhere? How is that pro-life? Or sensible? And the majority opinion, written by a man charged with professional misconduct has a wife who wants to overthrow a presidential election? That is conservative? Sounds like a lot of radical behavior to me.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 24, 2022 at 11:19 am

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Remember this isn't "only" about abortion. Clarence Thomas came out today and said specifically they're going after contraception and gay rights next.

Biden, belatedly, called him out for trying to limit what "married couples" can do in the privacy of their own bedrooms.

I don't get this forced birth nonsense. We can't take care of the people we have now. And the 'pro-lifers" seem to forget that women, too, have lives and heartbeats and families.

Posted by Justin Taylor
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 24, 2022 at 12:47 pm

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"Clarence Thomas came out today and said specifically they're going after contraception and gay rights next."

Will Justice Clarence Thomas also be 'going after' the 1960s era Supreme Court ruling that legalized interracial marriages?

Posted by Loraine Johnson
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 24, 2022 at 3:12 pm

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> Clarence Thomas came out today and said specifically [they're] going after contraception and gay rights next.

Clarence Thomas is a poor example of a SCOTUS justice.

As a 'conservative Christian' I have no personal opposition to abortion, contraception, or gay activities as the decision to punish and condemn will ultimately rest with God upon one's judgement day.

How others choose to lead their lives is of no concern to me.

Posted by Jane
a resident of Ventura
on Jun 24, 2022 at 5:04 pm

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It was never a constitutional right, and that's what this decision says. This is a great trend in that we do NOT want the Judicial branch making laws.

So, instead of smashing and burning buildings, and threatening insurrection against the SCOTUS, let's recognize that this decision restores some appropriate limits on the Judiciary, and put all that angry energy toward passing a Federal law or an actual Constitutional amendment establishing women's right to terminate their pregnancies.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Jun 24, 2022 at 5:07 pm

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As disappointing as this decision is, after the leak we knew it was coming. Women in California will be okay. Women from out of state will come to California. If any good comes from this, maybe there will be less unwanted pregnancies. Back- alley abortions must have been horrifying.

Posted by Mark Goren
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 25, 2022 at 11:09 am

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Men need to step up as the abortion issue should not rest solely on the shoulders of women.

At 27, I opted for a vasectomy as I did not want to be held accountable or responsible for any unwanted pregnancies via the women I was seeing at the time.

This decision also had financial implications as I also did not want to be liable for any child support based on DNA testing.

Unwanted and unplanned children are God's punishment for having casual and irresponsible sex.

It takes two to tango and countless men should consider getting clipped as there are enough people in the world.

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