Protestors gathered at the gazebo in Eureka’s Old Town on Friday to rally for abortion rights. | Photos by Isabella Vanderheiden


Demonstrators took to the streets of Eureka on Friday evening to fight for the right to access safe and legal abortion. Reproductive-rights activists have mobilized across the country in the last month in response to a leaked draft majority opinion by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito that indicated the court’s intent to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark court decision that guarantees a person’s constitutional right to have an abortion.

A crowd of about 75 people gathered in front of the gazebo in Eureka’s Old Town at 5 p.m. bearing signs that read “My Body, My Choice,” “Keep Abortion Legal” and “Women’s and LGBT Liberation Now” among others.

The Supreme Court is expected to release a final opinion on the matter before its recess at the end of this month, or perhaps even as soon as Monday. The court calendar has “opinion issuance days” scheduled for June 13 and 15, but the calendar does not indicate which opinions will be released.

What does such a change mean for California? Overturning Roe v. Wade could have major consequences for people seeking abortion services outside of the state, but California’s abortion laws will likely become more permissive, not less.

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