May 16, 2022

Muncie rallies with national 'Bans Off Our Bodies' crowd for abortion rights

Abortion-rights supporters listen to speeches in downtown Muncie.  - Denise Ewing via Facebook

Abortion-rights supporters listen to speeches in downtown Muncie.

Denise Ewing via Facebook
Jacob Hale

Abortion-rights supporters in Muncie this weekend joined the hundreds of towns, cities, and communities across the nation protesting the possible overturning of guaranteed abortion rights by the Supreme Court later this summer.

Event organizer Aimee Robertson-West says in addition to national goals, the Muncie protest has a goal specific to Indiana.

“Send a clear message to Governor Holcomb: do not call a special session of Republican legislators who are champing at the bit to push through this ban right now.”

Earlier this month, Governor Eric Holcomb said that he wasn’t ruling out the possibility of calling a special session to ban abortion in Indiana, depending on the Supreme Court’s actions.  He did not say specifically what he would want the new legislation to look like.

Read More: If Roe falls, many in the Midwest will have to travel to access abortion

Muncie Democratic State Representative Sue Errington says that she’s been coming to these marches for a long time, even before the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling. She says they’re not about abortions generally – they’re about safe abortions made in consultation with a doctor.

“And my greatest fear is that there will be a lot of unsafe abortions that will be occurring.  But, that shouldn’t happen!”

Local abortion-rights opponents will gather next weekend at Mounds State Park in Anderson for a “Walk for Life” to benefit a local pregnancy care center.

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