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Dozens rally in Hoboken in support of reproductive and abortion rights

Rallies in support of a woman’s right to an abortion have been happening across the nation – the latest one in Hoboken.

News 12 Staff

May 27, 2022, 2:39 AM

Updated 752 days ago

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Rallies in support of a woman’s right to an abortion have been happening across the nation – the latest one in Hoboken.
Hoboken residents gathered on the steps of City Hall to demand that a woman be allowed to maintain control over her body. It comes just a day after the Oklahoma governor signed a bill that bans abortions from the point of fertilization.
“I’m old enough to remember a time when abortion was not available,” says Hoboken resident Judy Anderson.
“I'm of a certain age. I've been out here before, rallying for women's rights and I absolutely believe that abortion is a woman's right,” says Susan Parson, of Hoboken.
Some attended the rally to show solidarity.
“I have two sisters, so this means a lot to me and it's just good to show support in times like this,” says Jordan Spagnola, of Park Ridge. “People don't really feel like people care about them.”
But no matter the reason – demonstrators say that it is the common cause that unites them. Many of the rallies held over the past few weeks have been in direct response to a leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court indicating the court would overturn Roe v. Wade.
Abortions are legal in New Jersey and are protected by the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act, which Gov. Phil Murphy signed earlier this year.
“We are able to have an abortion in the state of New Jersey and that is the law of our state,” says first lady Tammy Murphy. “And it will remain no matter what happens with Roe v. Wade, no matter what happens with Planned Parenthood v. Casey.”
Mrs. Murphy was joined by Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and organizations like Hudson Pride Center and Planned Parenthood for the really.
“The court, which is now dominated by justices who are hostile to our freedoms, have failed this country. We are devastated, we are furious and we will fight back,” says Bethany Diaz, of Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey.
The pending decision could be issued by the Supreme Court by the end of June.


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