Abortion rights activists protest outside Fargo City Hall
FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - More than 50 activists protested outside Fargo City Hall on Mother’s Day after a leaked Supreme Court draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Many of the activists were seen holding signs showing support for abortion rights and women’s reproductive rights.
“I’m glad that the news got out before things were passed for real so people can organize and hopefully spread awareness that this is not fair.” said Kooper Shagena, a NDSU student talking about the leaked draft decision of the Supreme Court of Roe V. Wade.
Old, young and in-between were outside city hall, raising awareness and spreading their message. Some were holding signs calling out politicians, others protesting that women have the right to do what they want with their bodies.
“Think what’s really important to show that it isn’t just a party system law that is going to be put into place,” said Melodie Letvin, a NDSU student. “We need people to unionize together and this affects half of the population and not just one side of the spectrum on certain things. Like this is a gender law that is going to affect people.”
It wasn’t just women at the rally on Sunday, as men were also in attendance to show solidarity. One man spoke about how women where there for him in his time in need, and believes that men should do the same in return. Especially with the Supreme Court’s decision looming this year.
“They are our wives. They are our sisters. They’re our mothers. They are our friends’ wives,” said Dogan Comez. “If you do not support their rights, there is something fundamentally wrong with us.”
“I think that men need to step up to the plate and kind of put our arm around women and let them know that we understand and support them.” said Ken Christianson.
At this time, abortion remains legal in North Dakota under federal law.
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