‘Without the abortion, I wouldn’t be here,’ said Ms Rains, who stood in the square with her 5-month-old daughter, Hendrix, and 3-year-old son, Jagger. At five months pregnant in November 2020, she said, she began losing large amounts of blood, forcing her healthcare providers to perform an abortion to save her life.
“I really wanted my daughter,” she said, “but I was bleeding and there was nothing they could do.”
For some, protesting the draft notice was not just about protecting the right to abortion.
Lillian Penafiel, 35, and his wife, Emi Penafiel, 44, were worried about what the court ruling could mean for marriage equality, LGBTQ rights and voting rights.
“They have been very clear, especially what has been written, that our rights are also going to be threatened, which is why we are nervous,” said Emi Penafiel. “They come after all that.”
Many parents came with their children. Sonia Reiter, 41, who is pregnant, brought her 5-year-old son, Casio Coleman, to the walk to educate him on the importance of choice, she said.
“Casio, how did we talk about the protest today, what did we say?” Mrs. Reiter asked her son. “If someone wants to be pregnant, they have to be pregnant – what if they don’t want to be pregnant?”