Dozens of people are gathering across the region following the Roe v. wade
By Heather Graves
BROWN COUNTY – The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade continues to spark rallies across the country, including right here in Greater Green Bay.
Almost immediately after news of the court’s decision became public, demonstrators of all ages took to the streets to protest.
The High Court decision leaves the right to abortion to the states.
In Wisconsin, a law dating from 1849 prohibits almost all abortions.
Rally for a choice
Adrianna Pokela of Women’s Rights Green Bay helped coordinate some of the area’s most recent rallies to protest the Supreme Court ruling.
Pokela said a third rally — No Justice, No Peace — is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, along Oneida Street near Lambeau Field.
“This will be our third rally and more than likely our biggest to date,” said Pokela. “Our first was the largest protest for reproductive rights in Green Bay history. We chose this location because we will have more traction there. We do our rallies/demonstrations because we see the true significance of Roe v. Wade, and that it’s about more than just abortions – (including) her role in reproductive health, our right to privacy, our bodily autonomy and our lives are at stake with this important law.
Green Bay resident Bethany Riederer said she attended Sunday’s rally because the issue affected all women.
“Even though I don’t think I could ever do it, that doesn’t mean the choice should be taken from others,” Riederer said. “My mother is my biggest reason. I fight so hard for this because when my mother was 18, if she had no choice and was forced to carry a raped baby to term, there is chances are my sister and I are not here. If she had been forced to give birth to a raped baby, she would never have had more children of her own free will. She may have committed suicide. I am alive today with a child of my own, because my mother had a choice.
Green Bay rally participant Kalie Mullins said for her it was all about defending.
“Even though it doesn’t affect me directly, it affects so many others, so I’ll be there in solidarity,” Mullins said. “To think that women would be denied a procedure for a life-threatening condition is unfathomable.”
Gathering to support the decision
On the other side of the matter – dozens of pro-life supporters took to the sidewalk along Oneida Street near the Planned Parenthood location in Ashwaubenon on Monday June 27 to show their support for the overthrow of Roe v . Wade.
Anna DeMeuse, communications director for Pro-Life Wisconsin, said the prayer vigil and rally were a testament to the power of prayer and hard work.
“For nearly 50 years, pro-lifers have been praying and working tirelessly for the day Roe would be overthrown,” she said. “That day is finally here.”
As a Green Bay native, DeMeuse said she was proud to stand by her mother, who first showed her what it means to be pro-life, along with dozens of other pro-life supporters. life.
“It means the world to me to celebrate this historic moment alongside him and to know that so many years of prayer and work have not been in vain,” she said. “We still have so much to do, but this is truly the beginning of the end for abortion.”
Thoughts on both sides
Elected officials on both sides of the aisle – nationally and locally – issued statements for or against the High Court’s decision in the days that followed.
US Senator Tammy Baldwin said the Supreme Court’s decision set Wisconsin women back nearly two centuries.
“The Republicans brought the women back to Wisconsin in 1849, and it is the Republicans who want to keep us there with support for politicians to interfere in the freedoms of women who will now have fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers haven’t had one for decades,” Baldwin said. . “I ask people to join this fight with their voices and their votes because we will not be taken back, we will move forward.”
In a statement released by US Senator Ron Johnson, he said the High Court’s decision will allow this democratic process to take place in each state to “determine when society has a responsibility to protect life”.
“I hope the debate will be conducted with sincerity, compassion and respect for the wide range of opinions that people have,” he said.
Locally, State Representative John Macco hailed SCOTUS’ decision, calling it a victory for life.
“I applaud the court’s decision which will save millions of innocent lives and return this issue to the states,” he said. “This is a huge victory for life, and I’m proud to stand with the unborn child.”
State Representative Kristina Shelton said she will continue to work towards “a world where people can get accurate, unbiased medical information, so they can make the best healthcare decisions they can for themselves.” themselves and for those they love, including decisions about abortion”.
“As your state’s representative, I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that the people of the 90th know that their representative will continue to defend their reproductive freedom with tenacity and courage,” Shelton said.