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Abortion rights advocates rally amid Roe v. Wade’s apparent demise

Published: May. 3, 2022 at 10:01 PM CDT
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BLOOMINGTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A topic that has people ready to rally in Bloomington: federally protected abortion rights. Monday, a draft was leaked from the Supreme Court with the majority deciding to overturn Roe v. Wade. People brought their emotions and the signs out to the Twin Cities in opposition.

About every step was filled outside the McLean County Museum of History Tuesday afternoon. Each person there shared the same emotions.

“We are upset, we’re frustrated, we’re scared,” said event organizer, Rachael Lund.

“I think it’s very scary,” said McLean County resident, Lisa Wilde.

Their rally to fight for abortion rights came after a draft opinion was leaked from the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. It’s a 50-year-old case which upheld the federal right to an abortion.

“I was not surprised at all by the news. We have seen this coming for years,” said Lund.

Lund said she was shocked after seeing the decision drafted.

“So, now it’s real,” said Lund.

Wilde said she came to the event to find out how she could support the pro-choice decision.

“I think women of means will still be able to get safe abortions. I don’t know about people who are not of the same wealth and that’s not fair. That’s not right,” said Wilde.

Normal resident, Adie Kluger, feared for what could happen if this decision is passed.

“We’ve just taken it for granted that we would always have these protections and these rights and that the American people aren’t going to have it,” said Kluger.

Now, Lund wants everyone to take action.

“Whatever emotions they’re having if it’s anger, if it’s fear, I want them to turn that into action and contact their elected officials and I want them to participate in the upcoming elections,” said Lund.

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