Indiana pro-choice supporters protest Alabama abortion law

Women rally for abortion rights at the Indiana Statehouse. (WTHR Photo/Kevin Rader)
Abortion Ban Protest
Abortion ban protests

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – People gathered on the south steps of the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday to express their opinion's of Alabama's recently passed abortion law.

"They are not just in other states. They are right around the corner of Indiana too," a speaker at the pro choice rally on the south steps of the Indiana Statehouse said.

"Hearing these politicians saying, especially here in Indiana, it's really disturbing what they are saying about people like me and people like all of you who feel like it's your right and my right to do what you want to do to my body," Symone Bailey told the crowd.

She has spoken publicly about her decision before but this rally may have been the biggest and she didn't stop there.

"I just want to thank you for taking time out of your day to fight for people like me," said Bailey. "We don't have a voice. As a black woman we don't have people who will fight for us...being low income," she continued as applause drowned out her words."

But she was not the only one speaking out.

"A woman giving birth in Indiana has a higher chance of dying after giving birth than women in Cuba and women in Iraq," Dr. Tracy Wilkerson with Planned Parenthood added.

The rally sponsored by Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and the Women's March on Washington gave supporters of Roe v. Wade the opportunity to be heard.

"We are seeing our rights chipped away every year in each state legislative session. It's really frustrating to see just from one year to the next how these rights," Haylee Sanford said during her time at the microphone.

"It was a good decision for me. I have a one-year-old and a husband and a career and I believe making that decision when I did, when I was not financially or mentally sturdy enough to raise a child, led me to the success in my life now," Sanford continued.

So Tuesday, she had a chance to speak out about what she sees as a threat which she did with a poem.

"My body is mine not yours to explore," Sanford said. "Not to legislature, regulate or to explore and that taking these rights will cause a war."

Micah Clark with the American Family Association of Indiana says despite today's demonstration of Roe V Wade the ultimate decision "will be decided by the courts. Let the courts decide whether that was a good decision or a bad decision."

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