California political leaders referred to as the U.S. Supreme Courtroom’s reversal of a half century of abortion rights “outrageous,” “excessive” and “darkish,” whereas vowing to guard reproductive freedom within the state.
The ruling, ending the 49-year-old choice, places abortion coverage on the discretion of states, many who have restricted and outlawed the process in current months.
“This choice is outrageous and has harmful and far-reaching implications for People’ proper to privateness and bodily autonomy,” stated Rep. Sara Jacobs, who represents central San Diego County.
“We can not let this stand,” Jacobs stated. “Congress must codify the fitting to an abortion, and we have to do all the things in our energy to instantly defend the people in danger within the states the place the fitting to make our personal selections about our personal our bodies is criminalized.”
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents the San Francisco space, stated the “Republican-controlled Supreme Courtroom” has achieved that occasion’s “darkish and excessive objective of ripping away girls’s proper to make their very own reproductive well being selections.”
San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria joined 10 mayors from throughout the nation in issuing a joint assertion on abortion rights.
“It is a darkish day for our nation,” Gloria stated. “A lady’s proper to reproductive freedom, together with abortion, has been acknowledged for half a century and now’s being rolled again by justices who’re catering to the nation’s right-wing extremists.”
“Right here in California and in San Diego, I pledge to do all the things inside my energy to protect reproductive freedom and the privateness rights each American ought to be capable to take pleasure in,” he stated.
The courtroom, in a 6-3 ruling powered by its conservative majority, upheld a Republican-backed Mississippi regulation that bans abortion after 15 weeks. The vote was 5-4 to overturn Roe, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing individually to say he would have upheld the Mississippi regulation however not taken the extra step of erasing the precedent altogether.
After a draft of the choice was leaked in Might, California lawmakers launched laws to guard abortion rights within the occasion the courtroom curtailed the lengthy established constitutional proper.
“With this ruling, the Supreme Courtroom has turned its again on security and equality. However in California, these values stay firmly rooted,” stated state Senate President Toni Atkins of San Diego. “Right here, pregnant people and their households will all the time be entitled to dignity, understanding, and reproductive selection.”
Reuters and Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.