BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Millions of women marched in cities and communities across the country for National Women's March, and the story was no different for Boston, as demonstrators flocked to the Common to advocate for reproductive rights on Saturday.
Attendees gathered at Boston Common and marched down to Quincy Market, with signs and chants that called for action to ensure abortion rights for women in America. This coming after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this year, effectively ending national rights to the procedure.
Some demonstrators at the march spoke on their own personal experience with abortion. WBZ's Mike Macklin was there when reproductive rights advocate Jillian Watts recalled her decision to undergo a late-term abortion.
"It was a decision I made with my partner with the support from a team of healthcare professionals, a decision that should only be made between a patient and their healthcare team— it is not a decision that any politician has any business weighing in on," Watts said.
Counter protests soon formed nearby, as pro-life demonstrators arrived with signs that read "Our liberation cannot be bought with the blood of our children," and "Adoption saves lives!"
"We believe that human life begins at conception, we believe human beings have human rights and it's important to protect the right to life. If an entire group of people is being dehumanized that's not empowerment, that's just redistributing oppression to the pre-born and I think women can do better than that— women deserve better than that," said pro-life advocate Stephanie Louise.
WBZ's Mike Macklin reports.