A day after the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade ruling, protestors are still heated and taking to Memphis streets in opposition to the high court’s decision.
Dozens turned out on Beale Street at the Ida B. Wells statue and plaza.
The group, a part of the “Hands Off Our Bodies” movement, argued that women should have the right to choose what to do with their bodies.
“I think it should be left up to a woman to decide for herself and her circumstances,” said Alyssa Soto-Phipps, a pro-choice advocate who attended the rally.
Some protestors who showed up today said the action made by the justices is an infringement on women’s rights all across the country.
“It’s hard to go about your every day and act like normal when your rights have been taken away,” Soto-Phipps said.
Her husband, Jordi Soto-Phipps said it’s vital now more than ever for men to stand up for women. He also shared ideas on how the government could contribute amid the post-Roe v. Wade era.
“If you’re pro-life, we should have universal health care; that’s where it all starts,” he said.
While pro-choice protestors rallied the streets of Downtown Memphis, pro-lifers were also in the mix, boldly proclaiming their support of Friday’s controversial decision.
“If a person kills a woman who’s pregnant, they get charged with double murder. Why is that? Because there’s a life inside that person,” one pro-life protestor said adamantly. “They say our body, our choice. When the person’s pregnant with a baby, the baby is not their body, that’s the child’s body.”
The court, in a 5-4 ruling, overturned the 1973 law Friday, causing protests all across the country; passions, as expected, are still high, a day after the ruling.
“The Bible says thou shall not kill,” said a passionate pro-lifer, while a pro-choice advocate retorted, “You need the right to choose.”
Both sentiments distinctly define each polarizing side of the debate.
Meanwhile, Tennessee plans to enact a law that would ban abortion after 6-weeks. State lawmakers have entered an emergency motion to get the law on the books.
The Supreme Court’s ruling would officially take effect on July 24.
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