Well more than 100 people turned out in front of Escondido City Hall early Saturday evening, waving signs and shouting chants decrying the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn abortion rights.
Vista resident Emily Santori, 66, said her reason for protest was simple: “Outrage.”
“I just can’t believe they actually did this,” Santori said. “They went against precedent. They ignored the necessity for women to have this right.”
On Friday, the high court voted 6-3 to overturn Roe v. Wade, which had guaranteed access to abortion across the country since 1973, and instead leave that decision to each state. In some states, the ruling triggered laws that ended abortion access, in others it reverted to laws in place before the Roe decision. Access to abortion does not change in California, it is still available.
At the protest in Escondido, college student Ashley Yuhm, 21, carried a sign that was a twist on the traditional “Don’t tread on me” with a snake. Her sign featured a snake — but it was not coiled. It was curled into the shape of a uterus.
Nika R., a 33-year-old San Marcos resident who declined to give her last name, said the ruling takes away her right to decide to be a parent, which she doesn’t not want to be.
“I came out here because my freedoms are being taken away, and I am not going to sit down while that happens,” she said.
Many in the group said that while abortion access is not threatened in California, they wanted to show support for and solidarity with women in other states where most or all access is lost.
“Now is not the time to sit back and watch what is happening,” said Nasarelle Van Putte, 32, of San Diego. “It would be absolutely disgusting to watch the country crumble.”
Abigail Suarez, 19, said it was important to legalize abortion to make it safe “because there will be unsafe abortions.”
“We are slowly slipping back in time,” Suarez said.
The protest was organized by the Party for Socialism & Liberation.
“We need to get people on the street to put pressure on the people in power that have not done anything in 50 years,” said Tori Barron, an organizer of the protest.
After chanting and waving signs on the corner, the group also walked a few blocks in downtown Escondido, sometimes in a traffic lane. Traffic was slowed, but no disturbances were reported.
Hours earlier in San Diego, 150 to 200 people gathered at Waterfront Park at the County Administration Building to protest the decision. The group disbanded before 11:30 a.m. with no disturbances reported.
On Friday, about a 1,000 people protested at the San Diego site, and another 1,000 marched through the streets of downtown.
City News Service contributed to this story.