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'Bans Off Our Bodies' rally pulls crowd for a day of action

Abortion-rights supporters gathered Saturday on the Allen County Courthouse green for a “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally, organized by Planned Parenthood.

Hundreds of supporters gathered in downtown Fort Wayne for a day of action following the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

The day of action included registering voters, calling legislators and texting friends, encouraging them to get involved.

Jessica Bunch is community organizer for Planned Parenthood. She says they organized the event in two weeks, following the leak, and wants to encourage people to speak out.

“We are united in this fight for future, where everyone, no matter their zip code, race or income, has the freedom to make their own decisions about their body," Bunch said.

In March, 100 Republican legislators wrote a letter to Governor Eric Holcomb requesting a special legislative session, if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Following the leak, Holcomb said a special session wasn’t “off the table.”

According to several polls, in Indiana, voters are mostly divided on the issue of banning abortion but, according to a Ball State University study, only 17% of Hoosiers think abortion should be banned in all cases.

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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