Hundreds of abortion rights supporters in Modesto joined thousands across the country to take part in the national Bans Off Our Bodies rallies to protest the anticipated reversal of Roe v. Wade. More than 200 people gathered Saturday morning in front of Planned Parenthood on McHenry Avenue to listen to speeches, chant and march for abortion rights.
To the steady sound of supportive car horns, speakers discussed the pending impact if the landmark Supreme Court ruling is overturned. Thirteen states have so-called “trigger laws” that would ban abortion once the decision is reversed. A total of 25 to 26 states would then be expected to make the medical procedure illegal within their borders.
Speakers also warned of possible reversal of other rights built on the right to privacy the court used in its Roe decision, including LGBTQ marriage, interracial marriage and others. The hundreds of Modesto abortion-rights protesters were met with less than a handful of counterprotesters. Two candidates in upcoming Valley primaries also spoke, including Assembly District 22 candidate Jessica Self and Senate District 4 candidate Tim Robertson, who discussed their support for abortion rights but did not overtly campaign for themselves.
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