Pro-Roe supporters descend on Capitol; thousands expected

(Kevin Wang | AP)
Published: May. 14, 2022 at 10:48 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Thousands of pro-choice advocates are expected to gather at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Saturday afternoon for a rally that protests the possibility of the Roe vs. Wade bill being overturned.

The event will have multiple speakers, including U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin.

The demonstration, which is organized by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin (PPAWI), is to start at 4 p.m.

PPAWI president Tanya Atkinson addressed the leak and said in a statement that everyone should have the freedom and power to control their own bodies and lives.

“The shocking Supreme Court draft decision confirmed what we have long feared: The right to safe, legal abortion could soon be a thing of the past, not just in Wisconsin, but in half the states across the country,” she said.

Atkinson; State Senator Melissa Agard; founder of the Reproductive Justice Collective, Sarah Noble and Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera, Christine Newman-Ortiz, are also expected to speak at the event.

It’s planned for the five women to address abortion rights in Wisconsin and the controversial draft leak of the Roe vs. Wade bill.

This event is one of many that are set to happen nationwide on May 14 for a “Bans Off Our Bodies” day of action.

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