Rally for “Abortion Justice” held in Morgantown
MORGANTOWN, WV – A rally for “abortion justice” was held at 10 am on Saturday, October 2 in Courthouse Square.
More than 100 people, mostly women, were present to express their belief that abortion and bodily autonomy are human rights. Several people spoke at the rally, including Del. Danielle Walker and Kelly Lemon Certified Nurse Midwife. Lemon has been invited to speak on behalf of health care providers and as a “very proudly pro-choice” person.
“Often times I find that health care providers are hiding behind the words of our national organizations, so we have a lot of statements that say abortion is safe and should be freely available to people and is a necessary health service. “Lemon said. “But, unfortunately, we don’t always feel safe to go out and put our faces to these statements, so I wanted to make sure that I speak more candidly and say that this should be something I can provide to my people. patients. “
As she entered, Lemon said, she was “nervous” to speak in front of the crowd. But after seeing so many proud people to express their support, things have changed.
She felt empowered and inspired.
“I felt like I was going to cry a bit,” she said.
Organizers of the event are the Morgantown Chapter of the National Organization for Women in conjunction with Planned Parenthood South Atlantic and the League of Women Voters, Morgantown – County Monongalia.
They felt inspired to come together because of recent events with “Texas vigilante ban on abortion (SB8)“.
In a statement, organizers said the law “demonstrates the fragility of abortion rights and access in this country. Lawmakers in West Virginia are used to interfering in the doctor relationship. “patient and limit access with false information and intimidation. Several lawmakers have declared their intention to follow Texas’ lead and make abortion nearly impossible to achieve in West Virginia.”
This rally was one of many held nationwide to protest the Texas abortion law and to demand women’s reproductive rights.
“My God, yeah, everything that’s coming out of Texas right now is what really pushes the need for us to come out of the shadows and be outspoken in our support for the pro-choice movement,” Lemon said. “And so, I think the more people who see these scary things happening, they’re going to be inspired to come out and give their voice to the pro-choice movement. Otherwise, our silence gives them space to express themselves, and that’s not good.
Lemon said events like the rally on Saturday encourage people to speak out and let them know they are not alone in the fight.
Abortion, she believes, is a human right, so she said she was proud to be part of the national movement trying to secure this right.
“I think it makes people feel like he’s confident in being able to speak out,” Lemon said. “I know it’s something that has held me back in the past, it’s the fear of losing friends, neighbors or patients. I think when you go out and you see your community touching the grassroots, coming together and so many people say, you know, ‘well I support that, that’s OK that’s for sure, that’s something that we should all be supportive ‘- it also makes you feel like you can come forward and do it. ”
During the event, attendees had the opportunity to register to vote, donate funds for abortion access in West Virginia, and contact state and federal lawmakers.