People of all colors, shapes and genders joined the crowd to express their beliefs about abortion, healthcare and women’s rights.
There has been chanting, waving of signs and even cars driving by honking their horns in solidarity with the protestors.
The organizer of the rally, Parker Bedore, started off by posting about it on social media. The post ended up with over 5,000 engagements on Twitter.
“Bodily autonomy should not be on the ballot,” Bedore said. “It should not be up to other people to decide what I can and cannot do with my body. And because America is supposedly the land of the free, that doesn’t feel very true. We are supposed to have religious freedom, and we’re having other people’s religious beliefs imposed on us, and our bodies and it’s just not right.”
The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade strips away the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion that had stood for nearly a half-century.
Dani Gottlieb, who attended the rally, said she was shocked when she heard the news.
“I was sitting on the couch with my roommates, and I got the notification on my phone, Gottlieb said. “I said, ‘Did you guys see the news?’ and they were like, ‘No, what are you talking about?’ I said, ‘Roe v Wade was overturned,’ and we just sat in silence for about 20 minutes until we were really able to say anything.”
This rally is one of many that is happening across the country this weekend and attendees say it is creating a sense of unity.
“What’s happening here today in Charleston is a good testament to how united we are as a community,” rally attendee Courtney Caruthers said. “Everyone coming out here to support each other, the men, women, young and old banning together, and it’s happening all across the country.”
Bedore says she wants everyone to have a safe space to share and reflect.
“I really just wanted to hold space after pride this morning because I don’t want this to overshadow the celebration that’s going on as well, but I also think that LGBT rights and women’s rights go hand in hands,” Bedore said, referring to a Charleston Pride parade that was also held on Saturday. “They’re very intertwined, so I want to make time for both today.”
The rally consisted of people mainly promoting pro-choice; a pro-life rally was held at city hall Friday night.
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