Eugene rally to stop abortion bans held Tuesday

The rally took place at the steps of the Wayne Lyman Morse U.S. Federal Courthouse.

Posted: May 21, 2019 9:53 AM
Updated: May 21, 2019 7:05 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A rally was held in downtown Eugene Tuesday to support the "National Day of Action to Stop Bans" being led by reproductive freedom and justice groups across the nation.

Organizers said the rally comes at a "critical juncture in the fight for reproductive freedom and justice, as anti-abortion politicians push laws infringing on personal decisions that should be left to individuals and their doctors, with the goal of overturning and gutting Roe v. Wade."

Former Mayor Kitty Piercy spoke during the rally, organizers said.

"I've been kind of scared, freaking out about what's happening in this country," said Susan Wiget, a protester. "They're attacking women's rights to control our own bodies and therefore to control our own lives."

NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, and the ACLU of Oregon organized the rally.

"I'm tired of seeing...having people claim that abortion is a right," a counter-protester said.

Other organizations include Forward Together, Western States Center, Democratic Party of Oregon, Northwest Abortion Access Fund, Family Forward Action, NWGSD PDX, Emerge Oregon, AAUW Oregon.

The rally took place at the steps of the Wayne Lyman Morse U.S. Federal Courthouse from 12 to 1 p.m.

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