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Multiple organizations march on the Capitol for reproductive rights

Published: Oct. 2, 2021 at 9:23 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Multiple organizations gathered for a march and rally at the State Capitol Saturday to make their case on stopping abortion bans. It’s part of a nationwide movement, with people all across the country taking to the streets for rallies opposing such laws.

The U.S Supreme Court is currently preparing for the 2021-2022 session and will hear a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case in which judges ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction.

Multiple states have recently passed laws banning abortion after 6 weeks, including Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, South Carolina and Texas. The only law currently in effect is in Texas, while the other states are still in litigation. The South Carolina law is the only one that makes exceptions for rape or incest.

Those who attended the event Saturday say they will not back down.

“We have to keep fighting back. You know they may go forward a few steps and then they knock us back a few steps and they may knock us back a few this session but we won’t stop here,” said Barbara DeVane, member of Florida NOW (National Organization of Women).

There were over 200 participants in attendance, calling for women to make their own decisions for their own bodies.

More than one hundred people made their way from the Air District in Railroad Square to the Capitol, where more than a hundred more were waiting for them. The event featured chants and signs of ‘my body my choice’ and ‘bans off my body.’ Protesters told reporters that they wanted their voices to echo across the Capitol City, and they won’t stop until they’re heard.

“I want them to know that there is conflict going on,” said DeVane. “That women are being discriminated against, all women of all color and races, religions, whatever. And I want them to get involved.”

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