EVANSVILLE, Ind.—Hundreds of protesters — and an Indiana state representative — flocked to the Four Freedoms Monument Wednesday to express their anger on Roe v. Wade being overturned.
It marked the second protest in Evansville against the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in less than a week. And several more are still to come.
On Friday, the court stripped away the Constitutional right to an abortion and will now leave the legality of the procedure up to the states. On Wednesday, Evansville protesters reacted. They sang "What's Going On?" and hoisted signs that read, "My body, my choice" and "Women are not incubators" high above the crowd.
Event organizer Shannon VanMeter told the crowd to vote — and register to vote if they haven't already.
"We vote for those people that understand we are not cows," she said to attendees. "We are not here just to birth at the sake of men or any other organization."
VanMeter declined an interview request from the Courier & Press.
Indiana is expected to ban or severely limit abortion when state lawmakers convene for a special session on July 25. One person who has a say in the matter, State Rep. Ryan Hatfield, D-Evansville, came to Wednesday's rally to show his support for his constituents.
"I'm here today to tell you that when we go into special session in two weeks, I'll be there with your voice here today," Hatfield said. "I promise I'll vote on July 25 to make sure every women has the right to choose an abortion."
The session is expected to center around abortion legislation and taxpayer refunds.
"They won't focus on living kids, but they're so focused on potential babies," protester Kendall Givens said. "The kids that are dying in school shootings had potential."
Givens referenced the shooting that happened at the end of May at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 kids — all age 11 or younger — and two teachers were killed by a shooter with a high-powered rifle.
For Grace Stratton, this was her first protest. She said she plans on going to the others as well, which are set for Thursday, Saturday and Monday.
"Women deserve everything men deserve," Stratton said. "I'm glad everyone else supports this as much as I do. And it's just so awesome to see everyone here for this."
Alexa Shrake can be reached by email at AShrake@gannett.com.
This story was updated at 9:40 p.m. on June 29, 2022 to reflect the correct title for Indiana State Rep. Ryan Hatfield.
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