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Push to Ban Abortions In San Clemente Faces Headwinds Even In Conservative OC

Linda Verraster cannot imagine why elected officials in San Clemente would spend time debating abortion. The coastal Orange County city has no hospitals or clinics that perform abortions, and it has no power to stop residents from seeking the procedure elsewhere. There are other issues that need attention, Verraster says, like homelessness and affordable housing. Still, a debate about abortion has been...

Aug. 8, 2022

This Orange County City to Consider Banning Abortions, Becoming ‘Sanctuary for Life’

The San Clemente City Council is set to consider a resolution in a couple of weeks that would declare the city a “sanctuary for life,” making it an abortion-free zone. The resolution, which was written and proposed by Councilman Steven Knoblock, states that the City Council “considers life to begin at conception” and stands against the establishment of Planned Parenthood...

Aug. 3, 2022

Laguna Beach Protest: Swift, Strong Reaction Following Supreme Court Ruling Overturning Roe vs. Wade

A few hundred people gathered in Laguna Beach to protest a U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the Roe vs. Wade decision — the 1973 case that expanded women’s rights to include the option to have an abortion — one that...

July 8, 2022

Commentary: This Is What the End of Roe Looks Like in Southern California

The U.S. Supreme Court’s official decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade and take away abortion rights at the federal level is an outrage. Decades of progress for the health of pregnant people and financial independence of mothers has just been undone. Abortion will...

July 6, 2022

Protesters Rally for Abortion Rights in California and Across the U.S.

Joining demonstrators across the country, thousands of people marched near L.A. City Hall and elsewhere around the state Saturday as the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision legalizing abortion nationwide. Hundreds of rallies took place across the United States, including in Long Beach, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, Palos Verdes and Santa Ana...

May 18, 2022

Orange County Activists Rally as Roe vs. Wade Threatened

Sadaf Rahmani, who oversees public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, said the organization had been working to raise awareness about the potential vulnerability of Roe vs. Wade in the hands of a conservative-majority Supreme Court...

May 4, 2022

Commentary: I Had an Abortion. It Changed My Life for The Better.

Everyone knows and loves someone who has had an abortion. With the Supreme Court’s likely decision this summer to dismantle the right to abortion, it’s time we start telling our stories. When I was in my final year at UC Irvine, I was juggling an internship, a part-time job, my club involvements and my studies...

May 3, 2022

Reproductive Freedom: ‘I am afraid if Roe v. Wade is overturned, more pregnant people will die’

This week, the Supreme Court began hearing arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case centers around a Mississippi law that would ban almost all abortions after...

Dec. 6, 2021

California Makes Plans To Be the Nation’s Abortion Provider in a Post-Roe World

With access to abortion at stake across the U.S., California is getting ready to become the nation’s abortion provider. Abortion providers are already girding for a surge in demand. Dr. Janet Jacobson, medical director of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino counties, said three or four out-of-state patients visit her clinics each day...

Nov. 15, 2021