Protestors rally in Winona against Roe v. Wade overturn

Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 11:10 PM CDT
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Around 20 people held signs and chanted in support of abortion rights.

“I have women in my life who have benefited from abortions. Who have had to have them in order to stay alive,” said Taj Henely. “If you overturn something that removes the safety from that then, what are we going to do?”

Demonstrators are upset the Supreme Court voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion after almost 50 years.

“My initial reaction was just disgust because I mean, we’ve seen recent rulings where imminent objects receive have more rights than women, and to me, that’s just infuriating,” said Sarah Johnson.

“We’ve known it was coming. We’ve known this moment was going to arrive, but it’s still terrifying. With two kids, four and a half and one, I am terrified of the world they will grow up in,” said Caitlin Nicholson. The Governor and the Lieutenant Governor have said, well under their watch, there will not be a ban in Minnesota. But guess what? It’s an election year. There’s no guarantee that they will be reelected.”

Protestors yelled changes that said “abortion is health care,” and “my body, my choice.”

They also made handmade signs. Some read, “women’s rights are human rights,” “hands off,” “respect my body,” “bans off our bodies.”

“This is actually happening. What comes next? The overturn of Obergefell v. Hodges. Or anything like that especially for same-sex marriages, interracial marriages.” Henley said.

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