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Reproductive rights rallies held across the state

On the two-year anniversary of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, advocates for reproductive rights met in rallies across the state

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This mobile billboard, shown here in downtown Lexington Monday, is part of the Kentucky Reproductive Freedom Fund's statewide campaign against Kentucky's near-complete ban on abortions. (photo by John McGary of WEKU)

Multiple rallies in support of reproductive rights were held on Monday, the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. Here are reports on two of them.

Doctors, pro-choice advocates rally in Lexington on 2nd anniversary of Dobbs ruling

Monday was the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, and activists and medical professionals rallied in downtown Lexington to discuss problems they pin on Kentucky’s near-complete abortion ban. The event also signaled the start of a statewide campaign by the Kentucky Reproductive Freedom Fund. Ona Marshall is the organization’s founder.

“Kentucky's law is incredibly vague related to when an abortion can be provided to save a patient's life. Why should politicians decide how far a patient's health must deteriorate before a doctor can act?”

Marshall said the campaign will use mobile billboard trucks, rural billboards, and digital ads to spread their message. Some of the speakers at Monday’s rally were OB-GYNS like Dr. Alecia Fields. She said the outcome of the high court’s Dobbs decision has been terrifying to witness.

“I have been forced to sit by and wait until someone becomes sick enough to intervene with basic, necessary care because of these laws. We all deserve so much better.”

In a statement, Kentucky Right to Life said pro-abortion advocates, liberal legislators, and the abortion industry are trying to undo Kentucky’s life-protecting laws.

Written by John McGary. Cross-posted from WEKU.

Reproductive rights rally in Frankfort looks back at Roe v. Wade decision in 2022

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) — Two years ago, the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade court decision by a six-to-three vote. On Monday, protestors marked that anniversary with a rally in front of the Kentucky Capitol.

The rally featured signs, chants, and cheers as advocates shared their personal stories. Katima Smith-Willis spoke at the rally and is a candidate for the Frankfort City Commission. Smith-Willis like others, said the effects of what happened in 2022 are still felt to this day.

“I’m a little shaky, still kind of traumatized that this is still a thing. I love that we are still showing up. We have to keep the momentum going no matter what,” Smith Willis said.

Whether at the local or state level, the group wants to make a difference by making sure everyone votes in the fight for reproductive rights. Rhonda Davis is a candidate for state senate district 7 and also attended the rally.

“It’s absolutely maddening that women have lost so many rights in this state. Becoming a mother is so dangerous right now, so it’s important that people state their opposition,” Davis said.

Read the rest at Fox 56.

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