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Hundreds gather in Madison for pro-choice rally

The Madison Police Department says roughly 1,500 people were downtown to voice support for abortion rights and Roe v. Wade.
Published: May. 14, 2022 at 4:47 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - People gathered Saturday afternoon at the Wisconsin State Capitol in downtown Madison for an event protesting the contents of the Supreme Court leak and advocating for abortion rights. The event, organized by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, started at 4 p.m., and rally goers were downtown well after six.

The Madison Police Department said around 1,500 people attended, and the rally remained peaceful.

At the event, Gov. Tony Evers and Senator Tammy Baldwin spoke to the crowds about the need to fight for abortion rights.

In attendance, hundreds of people waved signs, shouted chants, and raised their voices for abortion rights. For many members of the crowd, the cause was a personal one.

“This is a really important issue to me because I worry about my daughter and her future,” said Jennifer Kammerud, one of the many participants.

She was on the state capitol lawn with her sister, Jordana, and her daughter. The Kammerud sisters say they are fighting for the rights of women from every generation, carrying on a fight that started with their mother, June.

“Our mom was a trailblazer in a lot of ways and stood up for rights when it mattered,” said Jennifer.

They say their mother was one of the first women on the city council in Greenwood and organized protests against rules requiring women to wear skirts in the office.

“I think oftentimes we will think about moments time as it will pass, and we don’t necessarily think about the generations that come after us; women like our mom fought for our rights, our equal rights, and we need to fight for our children’s rights,” said Jordana.

The Kammeruds say going to events like the rally Saturday is a hallmark of the family. They joined hundreds protesting the findings in the Supreme Court leak and the prospect of Roe V. Wade getting overturned. Such protests occurred in many cities across the country, including Boston, Atlanta, and New York.

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