New Haven citizens protest supreme courts decision to overturn Roe V. Wade

It is up to the states to decide if abortions should be allowed.
Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 6:45 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2022 at 11:28 PM EDT
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WFSB) - Here at Channel 3, we are staying on top of the major supreme court ruling which overturned Roe V. Wade.

The federal law allowing abortions has been in place for about 50 years, now it is up to the states.

This decision drew hundreds of people to the streets in New Haven including community leaders, Planned Parenthood representatives, and church leaders.

Abortions are legal in Connecticut and the state also has laws that protect people traveling here to get an abortion.

Protestors marched through downtown New Haven chanting, “Mi cuerpo, my body, my decision.”

“It says ‘my mother already marched for this 50 years ago,’ because my mother was very pro choice and now here we are and that was a long time ago,” said protester Jacky Sheppard.

“How does it feel, you saw when it began and now you are seeing it when it ends? It’s disgusting, it’s all I can say. It’s just plain disgusting,” said another protester, Linda Tiffany.

Linda and her family can’t believe women lost a right.

“The idea that my parents and grandparents might have had more rights than I do at the moment, even if we are progressing in time forward we are progressing in policy backward,” said Mackenzie Marien.

In Hartford, democrat lawmakers are also outraged and invited out of state people who want an abortion to come to Connecticut.

“I am so sick of these sermons from republicans who talk about freedom and liberty and small government – this is the biggest encroachment on our rights that I’ve seen in my lifetime,” said Governor Ned Lamont.

But some are feeling victorious, like the Family Institute of Connecticut.

“Over time people will come to realize that abortion is not good law. Abortion is not good practice that we ought to have a state where unborn child is protected by law,” said Peter Wolfgang of the Family Institute of CT.

Protestors also fear what could be coming next. Justice Clarence Thomas included in todays ruling that same sex marriage and the right to get contraceptives should, in his words, be “corrected.”

Dozens showed up holding signs to protest including community leaders, Planned Parenthood representatives, and church leaders.