LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Hundreds were at the capitol demanding protection for abortion rights. Across the country, people marched for abortion rights.
In Lansing, more than a thousand people stood in front of the capitol steps listening to lawmakers, doctors, and advocates about the importance of having a choice.
Several people were holding signs and chanting “my body, my choice.” U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, and some lawmakers like Sarah Anthony, and Erika Geiss spoke in favor of having the choice for a safe abortion.
“I want the lawmakers to keep their hands away from my reproductive rights,” said Rachelle Betts, a demonstrator from Kalamazoo, Michigan.
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court plans to discuss challenges against Roe v. Wade, A ruling that gives people the legal right to have an abortion without government input.
“The potential for Roe v Wade to fall really impacts the lives and healthcare of bodily autonomy of every person,” said State Sen. Erika Geiss.
Advocates are also calling on state lawmakers to repeal Michigan’s 1931 abortion law which makes abortions illegal.
“We need lawmakers to come together and recognize everybody loves somebody who had an abortion, that everybody deserves rights to comprehensive health care and that abortion is a human right,” said Jennifer Knight, volunteer for Mi Body Mi Choice.
Sen. Geiss is a sponsor for a bill package that would repeal the 1931 law.
“People do not want to lose access to safe legal abortion. We really need to make sure we repeal this 1931 law in Michigan. So that anyone who would need to access abortion services would have that access,” said Sen. Geiss.
People at today’s rally say they don’t plan to stop fighting and hope others won’t either.
“I hope that everybody today leaves leaving inspired, and leaves leaving with a sense of purpose and that internal motivation call to action to get busy in their communities to support other people who have had abortions and to reach out to their local legislators and make their voices heard,” said Knight.
Some demonstrators say it’s not just about their bodies.
“I’m out here for everybody around us, I’m out here for rights of women, I’m here for my mom, I’m here for my sisters. I’m here for everybody,” said Betts. “I’m here for my students I teach in special needs and they need our protection always,” said Michelle Mcguire.
Counter-protestors were across from the capitol holding signs but quickly left after it ended.