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Rally outside Capitol celebrates Roe v. Wade anniversary

Planned Parenthood celebrates Roe v. Wade anniversary at Capitol

Abortion rights advocates and lawmakers gathered on the north steps of the Capitol, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, for a rally organized by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Northern California to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade
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Abortion rights advocates and lawmakers gathered on the north steps of the Capitol, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, for a rally organized by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Northern California to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade

Supporters of Planned Parenthood and abortion rights said they will challenge any attempts by the White House to repeal abortion rights during a rally outside the Capitol Monday.

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Northern California hosted the rally on the 45th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which affirmed a woman’s right to have an abortion. Various Planned Parenthood supporters and California political leaders, including Assemblywoman and chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, and Attorney General Xavier Becerra spoke during the rally on how California will not give in to White House pressure when it comes to abortion.

Various lawmakers took turns affirming how they will listen to the concerns of those who feel threatened by the Supreme Court potentially reconsidering the Roe v. Wade decision, a case that President Donald Trump has previously vowed to help overturn through his nominations of judges. Many attendees at the rally held pink signs saying “Can You Hear Me?”

“We can hear you,” Becerra said. “We will do everything we can everyday to make it clear, we stand for justice.”

Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, said not listening to the needs and concerns of women has no place in California or anywhere in the country.

“It is a shame that there are those who refuse to listen,” Atkins said.

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