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Congresswomen, speaking in Mountain View, say overturning Roe v. Wade threatens democracy

'If we think that the erosion of individual liberty is over, think again,' said Rep. Zoe Lofgren

U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren speaks about rights at stake following the leak of the Supreme Court draft opinion on the future of Roe v. Wade, at a press conference outside City Hall in Mountain View on May 6, 2022. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Reps. Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren declared that the Supreme Court going against public opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade represents a threat to democracy and called for the Senate to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act at a press conference on Friday, May 6, outside Mountain View City Hall.

A draft opinion penned by Justice Samuel Alito and backed by a majority of justices threatens to overturn the landmark decision that guarantees Americans a right to abortion. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) and Lofgren (D-San Jose) invited 14 other women to stand with them as they spoke. They included Mountain View City Council member Margaret Abe-Koga, who also spoke, along with Lauren Babb, the vice president of public affairs at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and Fiona Walters, the president of the Santa Clara County School Boards Association.

Mountain View Mayor Lucas Ramirez stood with the women in a show of support.

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo speaks about rights at stake following the leak of the Supreme Court draft opinion on the future of Roe v. Wade, at a press conference outside City Hall in Mountain View on May 6, 2022. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

"I think when there is a cleavage between the highest court in the land and the people, that confidence can turn to chaos," Eshoo said. “A lack of confidence in our institutions, in our branches of government, is an unraveling of democracy.”

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has allocated $3 million in funds for Planned Parenthood as well as $4 million to behavioral health services, in anticipation of people coming to California from states where abortions are banned. Babb said that 80 out-of-state patients have already come to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte after the passing of Texas Senate Bill 8, which restricted abortions to the point that they are virtually impossible to obtain.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom has said that California will become a sanctuary state for those seeking an abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Even with California’s efforts to codify the right to access abortion services, Lofgren said that there are other impacts of the draft decision that was leaked on Monday night that could affect people.

"If we think that the erosion of individual liberty is over, think again," Lofgren said. "As Anna (Eshoo) has said, the right to privacy underpins a number of court decisions that give liberty to Americans."

Several Supreme Court rulings, such as the right to same-sex marriage, interracial marriage and access to contraception are all based on the right to privacy. Overturning a key case, according to Lofgren, could threaten these other precedents as well.

Eshoo and Lofgren used the event to lobby for the Senate to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act.

The bill, which passed the House of Representatives in September but has not yet passed the Senate, would make abortion legal in all 50 states and address the limitations placed on abortions in some states. It would also address specific challenges that affect marginalized communities when it comes to reproductive health.

“Justice (Alito) says that the Constitution does not explicitly state privacy or abortion (as rights),” Eshoo said. “Mr. Justice, when the Constitution was first written, women were not even in it.”

U.S. Rep Anna Eshooe, right, listen to U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, left, speak about rights at stake following the leak of the Supreme Court draft opinion on the future of Roe v. Wade, at a press conference outside City Hall in Mountain View on May 6, 2022. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

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Congresswomen, speaking in Mountain View, say overturning Roe v. Wade threatens democracy

'If we think that the erosion of individual liberty is over, think again,' said Rep. Zoe Lofgren

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Fri, May 6, 2022, 6:19 pm

Reps. Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren declared that the Supreme Court going against public opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade represents a threat to democracy and called for the Senate to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act at a press conference on Friday, May 6, outside Mountain View City Hall.

A draft opinion penned by Justice Samuel Alito and backed by a majority of justices threatens to overturn the landmark decision that guarantees Americans a right to abortion. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) and Lofgren (D-San Jose) invited 14 other women to stand with them as they spoke. They included Mountain View City Council member Margaret Abe-Koga, who also spoke, along with Lauren Babb, the vice president of public affairs at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and Fiona Walters, the president of the Santa Clara County School Boards Association.

Mountain View Mayor Lucas Ramirez stood with the women in a show of support.

"I think when there is a cleavage between the highest court in the land and the people, that confidence can turn to chaos," Eshoo said. “A lack of confidence in our institutions, in our branches of government, is an unraveling of democracy.”

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has allocated $3 million in funds for Planned Parenthood as well as $4 million to behavioral health services, in anticipation of people coming to California from states where abortions are banned. Babb said that 80 out-of-state patients have already come to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte after the passing of Texas Senate Bill 8, which restricted abortions to the point that they are virtually impossible to obtain.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has said that California will become a sanctuary state for those seeking an abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Even with California’s efforts to codify the right to access abortion services, Lofgren said that there are other impacts of the draft decision that was leaked on Monday night that could affect people.

"If we think that the erosion of individual liberty is over, think again," Lofgren said. "As Anna (Eshoo) has said, the right to privacy underpins a number of court decisions that give liberty to Americans."

Several Supreme Court rulings, such as the right to same-sex marriage, interracial marriage and access to contraception are all based on the right to privacy. Overturning a key case, according to Lofgren, could threaten these other precedents as well.

Eshoo and Lofgren used the event to lobby for the Senate to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act.

The bill, which passed the House of Representatives in September but has not yet passed the Senate, would make abortion legal in all 50 states and address the limitations placed on abortions in some states. It would also address specific challenges that affect marginalized communities when it comes to reproductive health.

“Justice (Alito) says that the Constitution does not explicitly state privacy or abortion (as rights),” Eshoo said. “Mr. Justice, when the Constitution was first written, women were not even in it.”

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roaksinri
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another community
on May 9, 2022 at 2:50 pm
roaksinri, another community
Registered user
on May 9, 2022 at 2:50 pm

Just because there is a difference of opinion does not mean "Democracy is threatened!". The fear mongering, progressive, genocidal culture of death is threatened. And stop using our tax dollars to support Planned Parenthood. Or at least give those that do not support their death squads the ability to "opt out" of our tax dollars being gifted to them and to pay for out of state folks to come here and kill their unborn children. This is why California is going to hell and folks are fleeing this mess of a state.


Dan Waylonis
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Jackson Park
on May 9, 2022 at 3:09 pm
Dan Waylonis, Jackson Park
Registered user
on May 9, 2022 at 3:09 pm

So much hyperbole from Eshoo and Lofgren. It's okay to support abortion and a woman's choice, but think that Roe was sketchy. Even the venerable RBG was not a fan of Roe Web Link . And to say that interracial marriages are at stake, perhaps someone should look at SCJ Clarance Thomas and his wife.


SalsaMusic
Registered user
Cuesta Park
on May 9, 2022 at 4:52 pm
SalsaMusic, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on May 9, 2022 at 4:52 pm

Completely agree this is not a good use of my tax dollars. We can’t pave our roads fast enough but we sure can hand out money to people who live in other states.


Bob
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another community
on May 11, 2022 at 9:23 am
Bob, another community
Registered user
on May 11, 2022 at 9:23 am

Roe v. Wade was decided by nine unelected justices. It was not the result of debate and vote by the people’s democratically elected representatives. How then is democracy imperiled if it is overturned?


Cordelia
Registered user
Old Mountain View
on May 11, 2022 at 10:52 pm
Cordelia, Old Mountain View
Registered user
on May 11, 2022 at 10:52 pm

While Texans use the law to enslave their women, and force women to carry a pregnancy to term; we in California will use the law to create an Underground Railroad of sorts to help women who have no other recourse.

The closest comparison that men have is conscription. Where the govt uses your body against your will. But that hasn’t happened in my lifetime. And even drafted soldiers get paid. Why won’t the govt pay these “conscripted” women doing a dangerous job? Conscription without pay is slavery, make no mistake.


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