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Local lawmakers express dismay at Supreme Court ruling

Court overturns federal abortion rights granted in 1973's Roe v. Wade

by Sue Dremann

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 reversed the court's Roe v. Wade decision granting women the federal right to an abortion in the United States. The 5-4 decision sends authority to regulate abortion back to the states.

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Bay City News Foundation reporter Thomas Hughes contributed to this report. Email Staff Writer Sue Dremann at [email protected]


Posted by Justin Taylor
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 24, 2022 at 12:52 pm

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Given the prior leak of Samuel Alito's brief, this SCOTUS decision was a foregone conclusion.

Legal abortions are now up to the discretion of the individual states pending federal legislation to ban abortions nationwide.

The 2022 midterm and 2024 presidential elections will provide a clearer picture of where this is all headed

Posted by Me 2
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 24, 2022 at 2:39 pm

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Live by the courts, die by the courts.

That's what happens when you take governmental shortcuts instead of going through the legislature. Executive orders have the same problem. Here for 4 years -- and then eliminated by the next President.

Lasting change happens through legislation. That's how it's legal in California. I seriously doubt that a federal ban will happen given where the country is.

Posted by Loraine Johnson
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 24, 2022 at 3:00 pm

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Speaking as an advocate of pro-choice and a Conservative Christian, women should retain the right to make a decision pertaining to abortion but this decision still equates to the premeditated murder of a human life.

The government should not be involved with this decision as it is one between an individual and their chosen faith.

Pending repentance, those who opt for an abortion will never be accepted by a Christian god or find sanctuary in the kingdom of heaven.

Posted by SteveDabrowski
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 24, 2022 at 5:02 pm

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Don't blame the justices, it is all the Democratic and Independent women who "just couldn't vote for Hillary" who are responsible for the loss of Roe v Wade.

Sometimes it is best to take what you can get in the best interest of the country rather than throwing your vote away or taking a pass.

So now you got what you didn't vote for, too bad!

Posted by Mark Goren
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 25, 2022 at 11:15 am

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> ...those who opt for an abortion will never be accepted by a Christian god or find sanctuary in the kingdom of heaven.

Perhaps best to cross that bridge when the time comes.

In the meantime, women have the right to decide upon childbirth or abortion and men must bear responsibility for all pregnancies as well.

Men...consider getting 'clipped' (aka via vasectomy) and avoid any complications.

There is no mention in the Bible about vasectomies so this remains another option.

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 25, 2022 at 6:25 pm

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The SC removed itself from the questionable activity which was the right thing to do. Each state will have to determine through a legislative process how they want to proceed. Each state will have to figure out how to fund their position - the taxpayers do now want to be held accountable for this activity.

Putting this back on the legislative process puts the legislators in the position of taking a position which they do not want to do. It is accountability time now.

Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2022 at 12:15 pm

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Democrats and their flaky voting patterns, not understanding how power works in our system--letting SCOTUS be rightwing for an unbroken 50 years--shouldn't act so surprised. Why do people even bother to protest, which will do nothing with insufficient levers in power? They should be working on a voting-turnout-ground-game with almost not enough time left to save democracy & our overheating planet. The midterms had like 15% turnout. Did no one take civics in school? Is no one paying attention to how Stacey Abrahms changed things in Georgia?

Conservatives aren't even pretending to make honest rulings. Why would founders have felt the need to put abortion in the Constitution--it wasn't even illegal then. Even thinking in Catholic Church changed over time. Contrary to what's said above, despite it being as old as humanity, it's not mentioned in the Bible at all. (Unlike treating foreign aliens as if they are your own, which is mentioned. And not bearing false witness, mentioned in both New and Old Testaments. Uncomfortably for many, Jesus says don't get divorced. And love your enemies, bless those who curse you. Treat the least among us as Christ Himself. The love of money is the root of all evil. It's more difficult for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Uncomfortable stuff like that. Nothing about abortion.)

There was a time when protesting would have been the response for those opposed to the ruling. That time has passed. Watch the House Committee Hearings and work in innovative and new ways on turnout in this year's midterms with an eye towards better majorities in Congress and power in state houses. Frankly, if democracy goes, so does the future of the planet as the window for addressing the climate crisis disappears.

Countries in the world with lowest abortion rates are places where it's legal. This ruling isn't about abortion which could be reduced with no laws, it's about power and money.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 26, 2022 at 12:52 pm

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Totally agree with Citizen's post above. While the Democrats are more interested in fighting among themselves, for DECADES the GOP has systematically worked to overturn basic rights. Go back to their opposition to the ERA. Read up on direct nail pioneer Richard Viguerie who created TIMED "hot button" appeals to avoid barraging voters with so many appeals for so many worthy causes, they threw away the appeals. Read up on "Dark Money" by Jane Mayer,.

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 26, 2022 at 7:01 pm

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The SC removed thenselves from the topic. THey are saying that it is a legislative issues - not a judicial issue. It puts this back on the states to determine their positions on the subject. [Portion removed.]

Posted by ndn
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 27, 2022 at 9:28 am

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I agree with citizen. Let me just add:

From moment of conception, it is life:
Yes, many mammals (and other species) share that fact. But, it's life that cannot sustain itself. It needs a "mom" to make it into a person, someone to carry, feed and sustain it until it can exist by itself. Until it's ready to survive on its own merits it's parasitical, dependent on the pregnant female for existing. If it's in my body I should be able to control that process not to be forced to be a surrogate . Freedom means that I'm able to refuse to be a vessel for others and for others religious choices, and therefore get an abortion without having to justify it.
What if the meaningful survivability of a fetus can be assured earlier than currently is? Well then we must consider adjusting the the timing restrictions for an abortion.
Until then, it's my body not the Supreme Court's no matter how much they seem to be bent to curtail my reproductive freedom. The fetus is life all right, but it's a life with no meaning until the pregnant person decides to give a personhood which only happens at birth.
I'm a mother and very happy to have my children by my own choice only.

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