The United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the decision that guaranteed women’s right to have an abortion, and the reactions from across the state came swiftly. Across the region and nationally, groups are planning to protest the decision, and some are reassuring residents that abortion remains legal in California.

The ruling, ending the 49-year-old decision, puts abortion policy at states' discretion, many of which have passed laws triggering the restriction and outlawing the procedure after the decision became official.

California is among the most progressive states in the union regarding reproductive care and rights. While other states like Georgia and Texas have scaled back abortion services and protections for providers and patients, California has sought to become a haven.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, said the decision is a betrayal of the commitments made by recent justices during their confirmation hearings, who indicated under oath they would uphold decades of legal precedent.

“It is a repudiation of some of our nation’s most cherished values, from the right to privacy to the right of everyone to make their own health care decisions,” Schiff said in a released statement. 

The Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling is being described as the most significant curtailing of an established constitutional right in the court’s history.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined 10 mayors across the country, including Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, and Madison, Wisc. Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway in issuing a joint statement on abortion rights.

The group called on Congress to reverse the impacts of the decision and protect a woman's right to choose. They believe the decision could set the country backward.

"Further, the draft opinion overturning Roe opens the door to the repeal of many privacy-based rights that form the basis of our society and underpin the very concept of American liberty. These freedoms, including the freedom to marry the person you love free of discrimination, are under threat with this decision," the statement read. "We cannot allow this egregious attack on the progress our country has made."

Gov. Gavin Newsom also joined his counterparts from Oregon and Washington Friday to proclaim the states as safe havens for women seeking reproductive health care.

"We will not sit on the sidelines and allow patients who seek reproductive care in our states or the doctors that provide that care to be intimidated with criminal prosecution,” the governors’ statement read. “We refuse to go back and we will fight like hell to protect our rights and our values."

While some chastised the decision, other groups in the state celebrated it.

The California Catholic Conference, the official voice of the Catholic church in the state, celebrated the court's decision.

"Today is a day to give thanks and celebrate," officials from various archdioceses wrote in a joint statement. "The California Catholic Conference of Bishops profoundly welcomes the Supreme Court's decision...which has affirmed our dearly held belief that life is precious, valuable, and should be protected, and that states have a compelling interest to protect the unborn and limit abortion. This has been our prayer, the Church's prayer, for the last 50 years."

The church organization added that while they celebrated the decision, "our work has just begun."

"We must redouble our efforts to reverse the state's prioritization of abortion in favor of helping women raise their children despite daunting circumstances," the group wrote.

Still, many local leaders blasted the decision.

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg of Van Nuys said, “The Supreme Court is criminalizing women.”

“The majority’s theological bent wants to keep women barefoot and pregnant and is a throwback to when women were property and knew their place. That past is our future if Americans don’t wake up and vote,” he said.

Rob Bonta, the state's attorney general, tweeted: “As California’s chief law enforcement officer, I want you to know this SCOTUS ruling does NOT change your rights in California. Abortion remains FULLY legal in our state.”

As California’s chief law enforcement officer, I want you to know this SCOTUS ruling does NOT change your rights in California.

Abortion remains FULLY legal in our state.

— Rob Bonta (@RobBonta)

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn said the ruling is “devastating.”

“I never imagined we would be a country where my granddaughters would have fewer rights than I did depending on where they live,” Hahn said. “This ruling will not end abortion — even for women living in red states. We must ensure that California and pro-choice states across the country continue to be a haven for reproductive rights.”

The Walt Disney Co. on Friday said they would continue to help employees access medical care services, including family planning and reproductive services – regardless of the state they live in.

California abortion rights advocates issued dire warnings after the Supreme Court decision they knew would come.

"This is a day that's a grave tragedy for the girls and the women affected by this and the people who can become pregnant," said Michele Goodwin, director of Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine. "This is also devastating for the rule of law and the promise of our constitution to have real meaning and value."

Jodi Hicks, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, called the high court's decision "life-altering and life-threatening consequences for millions of people across the country."

"This decision will undoubtedly hurt people who already face barriers to accessing health care and will disproportionately impact black, brown, Indigenous, and other people of color, people with lower incomes, people living in rural areas, LGBTQ+ people, and people in the disability community," said Hicks in a statement. "I want to be crystal clear: abortion remains legal here in California and we are working to ensure that people—regardless of where they come from—can access abortion services with as much support and as few barriers as possible. To people across the country living in a state hostile to abortion: California is here for you. We will not turn people away, and we will find a way to support you so that you can get the care you need."