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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

After Roe v. Wade was overturned, a pro-choice rally was held at the American consulate in Toronto

Upon the overturning of Roe v. Wade, a pro-choice rally was held at the American embassy in Toronto.

Key Takeaways:

  • Dozens of people flocked to the US consulate downtown Toronto on Saturday in response to the US Supreme Court’s historic decision to erase constitutional protections for abortion rights.

The US Supreme Court’s historic decision to eliminate constitutional protections for abortion rights drew dozens of people to the U.S. embassy in downtown Toronto on Saturday.

In opposition to the ruling invalidating the influential 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, protesters waved signs and shouted slogans.

Almost half of the states in the U.S. are anticipated to outlaw abortion due to the ruling.

Speaking with CP24 outside the embassy, the chair of Democrats Abroad Canada expressed concern over the implications of the change for the liberties and health of women.

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She claimed that she initially reacted to the decision on Friday with rage and anxiety, but this soon changed to action.

Erin Kotecki Vest noted that there are over 500,000 Americans residing in Canada that are entitled to vote in the United States and said, “We’re mobilizing, we’re registering voters, and we’re locating those Americans who are here.”

She claimed that the protest’s main objective was to increase public awareness of choice.

Upon the overturning of Roe v. Wade, a pro-choice rally was held at the American embassy in Toronto.
Upon the overturning of Roe v. Wade, a pro-choice rally was held at the American embassy in Toronto. Image from Yahoo

The only thing that can change this, according to Kotecki Vest, is raising awareness of the situation and registering American citizens living in Canada to vote. “Voting by Canadians and Americans is the most important thing to do.”

Although she acknowledged that Americans and Canadians who reside here frequently feel shielded from the abortion controversy south of the border, she urged people to be mindful of their freedoms.

“We think we don’t have to fear what’s occurring south of the border, that we can kind of skirt that a little bit, which is one of the reasons we love being in Canada so much. But as you can see, it’s edging closer,” she remarked.

Source: CTV news

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