Thousands of people show up at the “Ban Off Our Bodies” rally

PHOENIX — Thousands of people lined up outside the Arizona State Capitol for the “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally, following the leak of the Supreme Court’s draft decision that could overturn Roe v. Wade.

“My body, my choice” could be heard throughout the rally, as people stood on the lawn of the house.

Many people have expressed what they believe in. Among them, Kelsey Caba.

“I am here to march so that our body autonomy and rights over our bodies are not taken away from us,” she said.

Caba says she is in shock. Abortion rights are even questioned.

“I just think it’s sick. It’s awful. And every woman should be worried,” she said.

David Natkin says he and his wife fully support bodily autonomy.

“When guns have more rights than women, that’s a problem,” he said.

Their biggest fear: “Access to safe abortions will be cut off. Women will be forced to have abortions in unsafe conditions and the infant mortality rate will only increase,” Natkin said.

Others, however, don’t see it that way.

“The party of forced vaccines. The party of forced masks. How can they say that we are the ones who don’t believe in bodily autonomy? This is not bodily autonomy. There is a human baby separated in you,” Hannah Toth said. .

“Hey hey. Ho ho. Roe v. Wade gotta go,” chants could also be heard throughout the rally.

“I’m just here to stand up for the unborn,” Jennifer Harrison said.

Anthony Dewitt was also present. He told ABC15 he was adopted, adding that his birth mother was a drug addict. If she had had an abortion, “I wouldn’t be here today, and I believe you know, when my life was designed until birth and until today, I have the right to live,” Dewitt said.

At times, the rally got a little heated, with people on both sides of the debate facing each other. However, it remained mostly peaceful. Some even joined a prayer circle.

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, the decision whether or not to allow abortion will be up to each state.

“No one should decide what women can or cannot do with their bodies,” said Haly Vazquez.

“We are here to make our voices heard,” added Natkin.

“I will fight for this,” Caba said.

The next set of Supreme Court opinions are due Monday at 7 a.m.

Kenneth T. Shippee