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Abortion-right supporters gather in front of Allen County Courthouse following Roe v. Wade leak

Roe v Wade Protest
ELLA ABBOTT
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WBOI
Abortion rights supporters gathered in front of the Allen County Courthouse on Sunday, May 8, 2022, to protest a leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court not to uphold the decision made in Roe v. Wade.

Abortion-rights advocates gathered in front of the Allen County Courthouse Sunday evening in response to the leaked draft opinion by the US Supreme Court not to uphold Roe v. Wade. WBOI’s Ella Abbott has more.

Roe v Wade Protest 2
ELLA ABBOTT
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WBOI
Held here by her boyfriend, Andrea Mendez brought a sign with a bible verse from Numbers on it that reads "Numbers 5 21-22 'May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells and your womb miscarries.' Stop cherry picking and keep your religion out of my body." Many abortion-rights supports accuse opponents of bringing religion into government.

The protest began at 5 P.M. on Sunday, but some supporters showed up earlier. Many held signs or were t-shirts showing support for abortion access.

Andrea Mendez was one of the protestors who showed up.

“Our mothers, our grandmothers have already tried to fight this fight. Like, we shouldn’t even be doing this s*** again. I mean, it’s exhausting.”

Passing cars honked to show support as they passed down South Clinton Street in front of the courthouse. Mendez and other protesters say they saw some counter protesters.

Indiana Senate House Speaker Todd Huston and Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray wrote a letter to Governor Eric Holcomb in March requesting a special session if Roe is overturned. Earlier this week, Holcomb said a special session isn’t off the table.

Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.
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