Pro-choice advocates in Spokane rally against strict abortion laws
Chanting phrases like, “Abortion is healthcare” and “My body, my choice” hundred gathered outside Spokane City Hall Tuesday night.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and Idaho hosted the #StoptheBan rally to protest the passing of strict abortion laws in several southern states, including Alabama, Georgia and Missouri.
“A lot of the people who were around before Roe v. Wade, so 1973, before then, are really frustrated that they’re out here again,” said Planned Parenthood community organizer Sarah Dixit. “And having to fight for these things that they thought were already done and said for and that it’s now a Constitutional right.”
The men and women in Spokane joined thousands around the country, echoing the same message. In all six different states have passed strict abortion laws. Alabama’s new law all but stop abortion except in cases where the mother’s life is at risk, with no exceptions for rape or incest.
“We shouldn’t feel bad for doing something to our bodies that we feel is right, whether it be choosing to have a baby at whatever age or choosing not to,” said 16-year-old Lola Fridley at Tuesday night’s rally.
Fridley said she wanted to show her support for the women in states like Georgia, where the governor just signed off on a bill banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, when many women don’t know they are pregnant.
“I was pregnant earlier this year and I didn’t know until I actually had a miscarriage and it was a huge impact on my life,” said Fridley. “We’re just angry. We’re upset because we’re getting our fundamental rights taken away from us and they’re being threatened all around the states and we’re just doing everything that we can to protect those rights and it’s really, just not a person with a penis’ business at this moment.”
Pro-life supporters briefly made an appearance near the end of Tuesday night’s rally.
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