JAMESTOWN – Abortion activists called on the Supreme Court to reconsider their decision overturning Roe V. Wade over the weekend, demanding control of their own bodies.
Pro-Choice activists marched through the streets of Jamestown Sunday afternoon, chanting their messages of safety for those who can become pregnant and expressing the want for not just protection in the state of New York, but nation-wide abortion protection and access.
Organized by the Jamestown Justice Coalition, pro-choice activists marched through the streets of Jamestown on Sunday, calling for pregnancy protections not just in New York, but nation-wide.
“I’m outraged that they would overturn Roe V. Wade and I’m really worried about, we’re fortunate that we live in New York, but a lot of people don’t live in a state like New York and I don’t think people realize how detrimental this can be to people who live in other areas that are already feeling the restrictions and lack of resources,” said protestor Jennifer Baker.
Activists at the rally voiced their anger and frustration at the U.S. Supreme Court, calling for action.
“It should be part of the healthcare system. It should not be a big expensive thing because there are all different types of reasons somebody would need to terminate a pregnancy,” explained Baker.
Many who spoke out told WNY News Now that the ruling was not about saving lives of unborn babies, but it was about controlling other people’s bodies.
“Women should have the right to their bodies, and I don’t think men or the government should decide that,” said activist Chloe Stewart.
Other Pro-Choice activists feel like the nation has gone back in time.
“This is a little bit emotional for me, because most of my adult life I knew that I had the choice to say something about my body. It’s my body, my choice,” said local democratic New York State assembly candidate Sandra Lewis.
As protesters moved from Dow Park to Jamestown City Hall, they marched, carried signs, and chanted in unison. Once they reached city hall, participants gathered around to listen to various speakers and poets talk about freedom, solidarity, and support.