Demonstration for reproductive rights organized Saturday afternoon in Mobile
By Stephen Moody
MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) – Mobile-area group Fight for Reproductive Freedom held a rally downtown Saturday to protest the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v Wade.
Even in the rain, dozens of people gathered downtown Saturday afternoon to march from Place Bienville to the federal courthouse.
“I think by showing up and showing the numbers and the number of Mobilians who are really sold on this is something that Mobile really needs to see,” Fonde Callaghan said.
For a second weekend in a row, they brought signs and took to the streets to share their message.
“If we don’t have the ability to make choices with our bodies, then that’s not freedom. It’s not a kind of freedom. It’s really important to talk about what you believe in. Because if you don’t do it and you don’t do it consistently, you won’t be heard,” said Gabrielle Ballard.
Governor Kay Ivey and state leaders have pushed for passage of House Bill 314, which critics say is one of the toughest bans on abortion in the United States. Abortions are only allowed if the mother’s life is in danger.
The governor spoke about the bill in May ahead of the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v Wade.
“Well, the bill passed the House and the Senate with an overwhelming majority and the amendment to include exceptions was defeated. So the legislature has spoken and it underscores the sanctity of life that the people of Alabama so value,” Governor Ivey said.
But opponents believe bills like this won’t stop abortions. They will simply prevent them from happening safely.
“I have always said that rich women can always have an abortion. The poor that this affects will cause them to die or be really hurt because they will turn to clandestine abortions,” Ballard said.
Attendees also spoke of the importance of this event taking place in the city of Mobile.
“Seeing all these numbers, it really shows how Mobile, which again Alabama. I think a lot of the world doesn’t think we’re as progressive as we are. But it will really show them that we we are,” Callaghan said.
And it was a peaceful protest. People who showed up received brochures with information about the cause.
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