HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Hundreds of cities across the United States are taking action to protest the criminalization of abortion procedures. Protesters gathered in downtown Huntsville on Saturday to join the National Women’s March.
“We need to get the message across that this is a real thing happening, and it’s not okay,” said 14-year-old march participant Olivia White.
The Women’s March encouraged civic engagement to drive change in legislation impacting women and marginalized groups.
“It’s important for you to have your say on important things, and I want you to know there’s no future without you,” former clinic coach Travis Jackson said.
March organizers said the goal of the march was to elect more women and candidates for abortion rights, fostering a “wave of women” across the country.
“We have midterm elections coming up, and it’s very, very important that people vote because of everything that’s going on, especially with women’s health care,” said Vera Vergara of United Women. of Color.
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Many in the crowd described their concern about the potential harm that a lack of access to abortion services can cause.
Protesters also stressed the importance of legislation at all levels of government. Huntsville City Council Member Frances Akridge supports a resolution that would not prioritize the use of police and city resources to investigate pregnancy outcomes.
“It is important to send a message to people of childbearing age in Huntsville and to providers that providers are able to provide appropriate health care for which they have been trained and that no patient or provider has to fear that a police officer will knock on their door to investigate the results of the pregnancy,” said march organizer Katie Lorenze.
At the event, many protesters added their signatures to the resolution. The resolution will be presented to Huntsville City Council on October 15.
More than 350 marches were scheduled to take place in communities across the country.
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