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Triad residents take to the streets in response to abortion ruling

About 100 pro-choice advocates gathered near the Guilford County Courthouse, protesting the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe V. Wade. Reproductive justice organizer, Brandi Collins-Calhoun, said she and many others are just getting started. "I want folks to keep this energy, I don't want it to go away," said Collins-Calhoun. "Oftentimes what we see when RBG died, when Amy got appointed to the Supreme Court, people were upset people came out and then people went away, so I really just want people to continue to be consistent and this support is gonna be ongoing, we're really just getting started." Collins-Calhoun said she believes people should have the right to decide if, and when, they become parents and plans to keep protesting. Collins-Calhoun said she does worry about what happens next. "North Carolina, there's a chance that we will lose access," she said. "No matter what happens folks like abortion funds, independent clinics, reproductive justice organizers have their backs and we're here to stay forever with or without Roe v Wade, with or without legal abortion access, we will make sure that people can access health care no matter what." On the other side, there is celebration from pro-life groups. North Carolina Values Coalition Executive Director, Tami Fitzgerald, said the organization has fought for the overturning of Roe V Wade for 11 years. "This is an emotional issue, but after all, what we're talking about with abortion is we're talking about ending the life of an unborn child and so I understand that pro-choice or pro-abortion women have a lot of emotion wrapped up in this decision, but what we're fighting for is the life of that unborn child," said Fitzgerald. "We believe that every life is a human being and that they have human rights." She said it's an emotional day for their organization but stressed the importance of getting to work. SUBSCRIBE | Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Download the WFMY News 2 app: ►Text the word APP to 336-379-5775 ►For iPhone | ►For Android |
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