Sault activists plan a march for reproductive rights on Saturday
SAULT STE. MARY – With the possibility that Roe v. Wade is canceled nationwide, activists across Michigan are signing petitions, making plans and raising awareness for reproductive rights.
Many Sault residents are showing their support for this cause by marching and signing a petition for reproductive freedom in downtown Sault Ste. Mary this weekend.
A Michigan-based group called Reproductive Freedom for All has launched a statewide petition that, if successful, will force the state of Michigan to introduce the repeal of a 1931 state law that prohibits abortion.
Under Michigan law, women who abort risk four years in prison while doctors who perform abortions risk up to 15 years in prison. The law makes no exception for women who become pregnant as a result of rape or incest. Repeal of the state law would remove any legal penalty for abortions performed for any reason.
The pro-choice activists who organize this petition believe that women shouldn’t have to have painful excuses like rape or a medical emergency to choose to have an abortion.
“I should have 100% rights to my reproductive freedom and my privacy without political interference, period,” said event organizer Jonelle Cooper. “I shouldn’t have to have a sad story, I shouldn’t have to share my story with you, I shouldn’t have to plead my case.”
Cooper has been a women’s rights activist for more than half her life and has marched for reproductive rights and other causes in the past. Cooper is one of the certified organizers of the petition for the cause, which means that she is one of the only people who can collect signatures for this petition.
Cooper said she hoped that by organizing the walk she could raise awareness of the issue and gain signatures along the way. Cooper added that she is confident that she and other petitioners from other counties will obtain the required signatures, as recent polls show approximately 60 percent of adults support pro-choice laws.
“It’s always been frowned upon and seen as a form of birth control when it’s far more important than that. Turning Roe against Wade will only create a ripple effect in our rights being taken away and stripped away one by one. one,” Cooper said. . “It’s not political, it’s not religious, it’s the right to reproductive freedom and privacy. It really is that simple.”
Petitioners must be at least 18 years old and registered to vote in Chippewa County to sign. The march begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 on the East Portage Avenue Bridge and ends on the West Portage Avenue Bridge.
Anyone who is unable to attend the march but would still like to sign the petition can contact Cooper at [email protected]. For more information on this petition or other petitions across the state, visit the organization’s website website.