Preparations underway for Women’s March for Reproductive Freedom in Philadelphia ahead of new Supreme Court term – CBS Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Preparations are underway for Saturday Women’s march for reproductive freedom unfolding in cities across the country and here in Philadelphia.
Many medics will march through the brush, fearing court rulings will put women at risk, and many teens will join their ranks.
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Local high school students make placards for the Saturday Women’s March.
âAbortion justice has meant a lot to me since I was a teenager and this issue directly affects teenage girls, their futures and their education,â said Lillie Abella, a high school student from Lower Merion.
Central Bucks’ Abella and Lexi Velez organize students for the rally.
âI think reproductive rights are especially important to me and my generation,â Velez said.
They fear the Supreme Court will allow more states to restrict reproductive freedoms after its recent ruling that allows most abortions to be banned in Texas.
âBy limiting access to abortion, we put people at risk,â said Dr Alhambra Frarey.
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Frarey is an OB-GYN in Philadelphia.
âI am enraged not only as a doctor, not just as someone who could become pregnant on my own, but also as a mother of two little girls,â Frarey said.
A statement from the National Right to Life Committee says, âIt is shameful that people are protesting for the right to kill innocent unborn children. The âwomen’s movementâ has failed if women think they have to kill their children to be successful. “
âAbortion is a health care system and ultimately, like any other form of health care, it should not be regulated by law,â Frarey said. “It should be between a patient, that patient’s family and the doctor.”
The Women’s March has scheduled more than 625 rallies across the country on Saturday. In Philadelphia, it will start at the Art Museum at 12 noon, then work its way up the Parkway to City Hall.
âI hope this spreads awareness across the country,â said Abella.
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The marches are scheduled for Saturday because the Supreme Court resumes its new term on Monday.