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Hundreds flood Millennium Park pushing for abortion rights

CHICAGO (CBS) — Following the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion that means justices are set to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion rights advocates gathered in Chicago Saturday to ship a message supporting the abortion legislation. 

Their message was clear Saturday morning in Union Park in West Town. The crows was massive and vocal. 

The Chicago rally was a part of the nationa Get Your Bans Off My Body motion. It was simply one among a number of abortion rights gatherings throughout the town and the nation. 

CBS 2’s Sabrina Franza spoke with one protester who shared her personal story. 

Hundreds additionally flooded Millennium Park, pushing for the appropriate to decide on. For many ladies, the struggle is personal. 

Patricia Wallie stated she is within the struggle as a result of it’s one among life and dying. 

“When I was 15 I had a friend from childhood. She has a situation where she was pregnant at 15,” she stated. “For her, I can imagine her just thinking she had no way out. That’s what she did. She committed suicide.” 

Wallie has lived in Chicago for many years however is initially from El Salvador. 

“El Salvador, where I come from, over there abortion is 100% illegal and criminalized,” she stated. 

Fueled by that have, she has been pushing for the appropriate too select for the final two years. 

“Even if your voice shakes, you speak your truth,” she stated on the protest. 

Wallie shared images of girls jailed in her house nation as a result of they had been accused of getting abortions. 

“The people who are persecuted, they come from the public hospitals, you know? No one with money,” she stated. 

People lay on the bottom in protest as properly. 

“They’re going to come with the fake chains and they’re going to chain them representing the restrictive laws on abortion,” Wallie stated. 

Some wore inexperienced bandanas to pay homage to protests of pro-choice previous to the legalization of abortion in Argentina. 

“Symbol and unity and strength and the struggle for abortion rights,” Wallie stated. 

Outside of that protest was an anti-abortion counter protests. 

“This is murder, guys. This is murder,” stated one counter protester. 

In Illinois abortion entry is not underneath risk no matter what the Supreme Court decides, however the struggle is simply as fierce. 

“Everything that happens in the U.S. ripples across the globe,” Wallie stated. “And we look up to this great nation for support in abortion rights. So we cannot go back. Women have to have to right to decide about their own body.”

The leaked Supreme Court draft opinion, which looks like it might overturn Roe, doesn’t official signify a remaining choice. It is feasible, although, that the courtroom might make a remaining ruling as quickly as subsequent month. 

Some anti-abortion advocates say ought to Roe v. Wade be overturned their mission will stay the identical. 

The government director of Illinois Right to Life stated they’re cautiously optimistic the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade. 

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