Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com
SALT LAKE CITY — Eve Thompson-Brown, a 16-year-old, said overturning Roe vs. Wade would put tens of millions of lives in danger, since illegal abortions lead to a significant portion of pregnancy deaths. She argued that no one has the right to use a person’s body against their will.
She was one of more than an estimated 2,000 people gathered at the state Capitol Saturday to rally in favor of abortion rights and against a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion which shows the court may ultimately decide to overturn Roe v. Wade. Similar Planned Parenthood “Bans Off Our Bodies” rallies were held across the country or scheduled for this weekend, including Saturday rallies in Logan, Ogden and Park City.
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“We shouldn’t have to be here. We should not be screaming until our throats are raw pleading to have the right to our own bodies,” Thompson-Brown said.
She claimed there is “approximately zero” sex education in Utah, that health care is not accessible to many people, and there is a shortage of infant formula, yet the government is choosing to “force” infants into the world. “It is being decided by nine individuals, none of whom will be personally affected by it,” she said, referring to the Supreme Court justices.
The group chanted, “Our body, our lives, our right to decide,” “Two, four, six, eight, you can’t make us procreate,” and “A fetus is not a baby, abortion is not murder, we are not incubators.”
Misha Pangasa, an OBGYN, told the crowd part of her job is providing “save, evidence-based abortion care,” and she said she is terrified that providing this care could become illegal.
“To look someone in the eye, to see and to know their suffering, and to know that you have the capability to help them but your hands are tied is a truly a soul-wrenching experience. And I have no doubt that the people making these horrendously restrictive laws simply have the privilege of closing their eyes …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News
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