Three candidates for 5th District Sacramento County Board of Supervisors state their position on Roe v Wade


The recent leak of the tentative U. S. Supreme Court ruling on Dobbs v Jacksons Women Health case has set off a political tsunami on the topic of reproductive rights. If the decision is issued as expected, it would change access to abortion and other reproductive medical services and could possibly lead to legal challenges to other established rights.

We asked the four main 5th District Sacramento County Board of Supervisor candidates candidates the following question:

For what reason[s] do you support upholding Roe v. Wade, or for what reason[s] do you support actions that would overturn the 1973 Supreme Court ruling?

Elk Grove City Councilmember Pat Hume did not respond to our email seeking his postion on Roe v Wade.

Below are responses from Alex Joe, Steve Ly and Jaclyn Moreno.

Alex Joe

Women will make the decision about Roe v. Wade as it applies to them. That is not the only choice they must make for themselves with respect to their bodies and pregnancy. I trust their judgement.

The draft decision is not a cause for me to comment. I will wait for the court to make a formal announcement on their official decision in the case that is pending during this court session.

Steve Ly

The direction the Supreme Court is considering is essentially going backwards. If the Supreme Court goes in the direction that we are hearing they will, this will put women in harms way and will most likely hurt poor and low income women. As the President of Asian American Civil Liberties and Anti-Defamation (AACLAD), a non-profit civil rights organization, Roe v. Wade is a civil right that must be upheld.

Jaclyn Moreno

Over the last few weeks, I’m encouraged by what I’ve seen in California. People are motivated and ready to fight back. We can’t just sit idly. We have to stand up and make sure our voices our heard. We can do that by writing to and calling our CA lawmakers asking for a change to the CA constitution which would protect a woman’s right to choose.

And most importantly, this isn’t just a federal issue. Local lawmakers will play a roll in fighting for resources for our own communities to continue to access care. We have seen this in Counties such as Santa Clara. We have an election right around the corner. We must vote and make sure we are voting for pro-choice candidates up and down the ballot.

The news is devastating. For the first time in history, our daughters will have less civil rights than we do and until we have full autonomy over our own bodies, which includes not being forced into pregnancy, we will not be truly free.

I know what this right means to people because I am one of the 30 percent of women that has had an abortion. I’ve been open about my story - It saved my life and allowed me to have ownership over my own future. In fact, chances are someone you know and love has had an abortion.

Overturning Roe won’t decrease abortions. As we saw before Roe v Wade, women still had abortions. Now, for those that can afford to travel for access, women will still receive care. But for those that live in states with bans that can’t afford to travel, they’ll continue to have abortions. They’ll just be unsafe. And their lives will be at risk.

The good news is that California is and will continue to be a safe haven and the people on the front lines have been preparing for this. Women are already coming from other states to access care and, since almost half the states already have a complete ban ready if Roe v Wade is overturned, there is no doubt more will come.

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Renegade said...

This issue is too important to not have an opinion. Pat Hume is a coward for not stating what he believes. He could have made an statement in either direction and supported it with a rational well thought out argument. His failure to respond makes him a coward.

Randy Bekker said...

Making a comment of something so personal this is more than a abortion question. As medicine has advanced since Roe vs Wade how many weeks should a abortion to be used. It is a personal decision so why is it important for a elected official that can not make any changes need to answer. The case is still in front of SCOTUS an not been decided about the Mississippi case. If it does go back to the states it will be decided there. It’s not like it will not be legal. Not every state is like California or New York. I don’t blame anyone for not answering the question. If they were running for a legislative position then it would be a fair question to ask as our legislators could sit in judgment.

Renegade said...

So Randy, you think people like Jim Jordan, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Grassley and Kevin McCarthy should be dictating what our wives, daughters, and sisters can do with their lives as opposed to them having autonomy over them is a good idea?

Congress is made up of largely white elderly males, why should they have control over a complete segment of the population?

This issue needs to be answered by anyone running for public office. It IS that important.

Randy Bekker said...

Renegade, those you mentioned are in Congress not in the state houses. Congress passes laws only if they have the votes to do so. Our country is so divided, yes I do believe woman have a right over their bodies. But how long in the pregnancy should abortion be the option? At some point with advanced medicine the fetus is a viable child outside the womb. Every person needs to face those facts an decide on their own. I am personally troubled to answer this question.

Renegade said...

Roe v Wade and the subsequent cases have established the parameters of when abortion is legal and when it's not. So many peripheral issues here such as cases of incest and rape, the mother's health, etc.
States that have and will make abortion illegal won't stop women from having abortions, they'll just stop them from having safe, monitored abortions.
I'm glad you're troubled with this question. It would be nice if Mr. Hume would have said the same thing, if that's the way he feels about the issue.

Saying nothing is just cowardice. He's afraid to lose some votes with a response. He's a smart guy, he could draft a response that could be somewhat neutral, but he decided to not address the tough question.

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