Swampscott Pro-Choice Advocates Demand Lawmakers Protect Abortion Rights

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SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Pro-choice advocates who demonstrated for federal abortion rights decades ago, are finding themselves back out in public spaces campaigning for them again in Swampscott Monday morning.

This comes after the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was released on Friday, effectively allowing states to ban abortion.

WBZ's James Rojas attended the protest just before showers began to roll in, where activists held signs that read "Keep your laws off my body," and "My body, my choice."

Protestor Rebecca Ingles says she never imagined that Roe v. Wade would be overturned.

"I grew up in the sixties, and came up through the seventies and eighties— and we've already done this. That we have to do this again now is just surreal," Ingles said.

The three-dozen or so activists stood on Monument Avenue, clutching signs and blaring bullhorns to demand federal abortion protections be restored. Shannon was among them, calling for congress to do more than provide lip service on the cause.

"I think there's going to be a lot more deaths— there's going to be men who are killing women because they don't want kids. There's going to be women committing suicide because they can't have a kid. There's going to be people who have septic uteruses who are going to be dying because an abortion is how you fix that. There are so many far-reaching issues with this," Shannon said.

In the Commonwealth, access to abortion procedures is protected under state primary law— and reinforced with a recent order from Governor Charlie Baker that prohibits Executive Departments from aiding out of state investigations into those who receive legal Massachusetts health services.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.

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