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Protesters take charge in Baltimore, rallying against Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

Posted at 4:08 PM, Jun 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-24 23:22:16-04

BALTIMORE — The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade has been faced by plenty of push back by protesters across the country.

The decision means states now have to make the choice to ban abortion.

Across the country, protesters of the decision rallied and showed their anger.

It’s no different here.

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Protesters against overturning Roe v. Wade

People protested in Baltimore and the surrounding areas over the overturning of Roe v. Wade on Friday.

The group “Bans Off Our Bodies” are rallying against the overturning of Roe vs. Wade on Friday at the Federal Courthouse in Baltimore, on W. Lombard Street.

"People shouldn’t have to have a say over my body, especially when you’re an adult, especially if you’re a child and your parents are consenting or especially if you just need help," Israel Patterson said.

Rallies are also being held at Whitmore Urban Park in Annapolis, Union Station in Washington D.C., Courthouse Square in Alexandria, Virginia, Continental Square in York, Pennsylvania and in Frederick and Silver Spring.

"This is not just a women’s issues. This is a human rights issue," Dawn Popp said. "But no, we’re being treated like livestock, that we don’t have control over our own organs and our own reproductive rights and that’s, I thought this was settled law."

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Emotions were definitely high for those protesting.

"I’m mostly numb right now but I’m also just furious," Popp said.

"If it didn’t exist, according to those racist, misogynistic,{expletive} man in the middle of the 19 century, it doesn’t exist and that’s despicable," Martha Taylor added.

The decision to overturn this nation’s landmark abortion case has created a rift among those who passionately support the decision and those who vehemently reject it.

A draft version of the opinion was leaked to the media weeks ago, but with the ruling now official individual states have the authority to determine whether or not a woman has the right to an abortion.

"My body, my choice. I shouldn’t have to explain to anyone why I need to get a certain procedure," Patterson said.

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Currently, 13 different states have so-called trigger laws which automatically ban abortions now that the court has ruled.

Maryland is not one of them, as Roe was codified in state law more than 30 years ago.

The Maryland General Assembly actually expanded access to abortion care this past legislative session, when it overrode Governor Larry Hogan's veto of the Abortion Access Act.

"Women own property, are we going to reel that back to since now our bodies is not our property," April Wuensch said. "Seems like a incredibly slippery slope in addition to the fact that this will cause women to die because we all know this is not going to end abortion, this is going to end safe abortions."

Lawmakers also approved $3.5 million in the state budget to train other health practitioners throughout Maryland to perform abortions.

Pro-choice advocates also said they worry about people's access to healthcare, and abortion is healthcare.

"It’s already hard for us to get a lot of things, like healthcare, and since they are taking away abortion, as in healthcare, then what what do we have as a people, what do we have as a freedom. We don’t really have much," said Friday McCray.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby vows to protect women’s right to choose in Baltimore.

She released this statement:

"Two days ago, I stood in unison of a woman’s right to choose what is right for her own body along with Prince George’s County State’s Attorney, Aisha Braveboy and President and CEO of Planned Parenthood, Karen Nelson, in anticipation of the demoralizing decision that came down today. As a mother of two little girls, I am not only appalled but heartbroken. I’m heartbroken because I’ve taught my little girls to not only appreciate that their bodies are their temples, but appreciate the fact that they lived in a country that constitutionally guaranteed them the autonomous right to make decisions about their own bodies.

"Today, that constitutional guarantee is no more and the same folks that profess a fundamental constitutional right to bear arms are the same folks who have now politically ruled that women don’t have a fundamental, constitutional right to decide what happens with our bodies.  What happened today is appalling, it’s disheartening, and downright frightening. Today’s decision will impact millions of women across this country whose lives will be put in jeopardy, and for the first time, I’m ashamed of what this decision means to the ideals of our country." 

"As I stated two days ago, as the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, I will do everything in my power to ensure the “anti-women” draconian laws being enacted across this country never take heed in Baltimore. I vigilantly and unequivocally support a woman’s right to choose what is best for her body, her life, and her family and I will not criminalize women seeking an abortion nor medical providers that provide these services." 

"But what I will do, is prosecute any person in this city that seeks to harm, harass, or inflict violence on any  individual or medical provider associated with abortions. In this city, I will protect a woman’s fundamental right to choose, even though the court hasn't, and I will not tolerate any violence that seeks to disrupt that fundamental choice."