Stuart Park in downtownKelownaprotests more than 100 people on Monday morning following a controversial ruling on the USabortion rightsIt was full of people.
"We are not going to ignore the situation just because we are in another country," said protester Alea Panis.
Protests like in Kelowna have been carried out across Canada since the US Supreme Court overturned the groundbreakingRoe v. Waderuling last month. I have been.
"I don't know if there should be a law in someone's body because it's not really the government's position to say anything to someone else's body," protesters said. Brett Hammerschmidt said.
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The abolition of the 1973 ruling paves the way for US states to ban abortion.
"I think it's terrible. I think it's scary. I think we're back 50 years ago, and it scares me," said Sophie Harms, co-sponsor of the protest. Said. "So instead of just being scared, I think we can do something about it."
The demo was hosted by Harms and Nyah Meller, two recent graduates of Okanagan College who feel passionate about this issue.
"Unfortunately, many of my families have been sexually assaulted and considered lucky victims, so I am passionate about it. Thankfully, we are abusers. I wasn't pregnant since, but that doesn't apply to all women, "Meller told Global News.
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In addition to physical rights, the organizers said that protests are another important issue of abortion. He said it was intended to emphasize accessibility.
"In the case of Okanagan Here is a clinic open to the public for abortion of the entire valley There is only one, "Harms said. crowd.
Mr. Meller said that not only are access restricted, but some people are expensive.
"In fact, in New Brunswick, the state government doesn't allow access and doesn't pay for abortion if you're outside the hospital," Meller said.
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"Many people can't go to the hospital to have an abortion because of the high demand, so you have to go to clinic 554 and pay $ 700, up to $ 850 for an abortion. There are low-income or re-from another community. ”
Monday's protests also attracted a handful of anti-abortion protesters who usually demonstrate outside Kerouna General Hospital.
"I noticed the fact that there are people in favor of abortion and against the Roe v. Wade case," said Kathy Hein, an anti-abortion protester. "And we just wanted the whole community not to think this was what everyone felt right. There's the other side too."
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Abortion advocates have a lot of support for pregnant women and abortion He said he needed to raise awareness of all available resources, not choices.
"I know a lot of people are in a very difficult situation. I'm not saying it's not difficult, but humans to help us walk our way. I think we are creating a very tough society when we are willing to destroy our lives, the lives of helpless humans, "Hein told Global News. "I don't think running a society is a good way."
When asked about unwanted pregnancies due to sexual assault, Hein still called her an "unprotected" child. He said he would end up with something.
"In sexual assault, there are still unprotected children who have nothing to do with the assault," Hein said. "It's a person. That is, I can't take responsibility for what my dad does. He may be the most evil person on the planet ... I'm another individual, so I have the right to life. No. "
Proponents do not see it that way.
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"We will fight this until there are no problems in all countries," Meller said.
"Everyone has to choose their own body and have an abortion if they need it without your knowledge. Abortion from church people, state people, anything. It is our body and our choice. "
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