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Pro-choice supporters rally outside Utah State Capitol

Posted at 10:57 PM, May 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-04 01:10:38-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A large crowd of pro-choice supporters numbering in the hundreds let their voices be heard on the steps of the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday.

The rally held in Salt Lake City was held in protest of the apparent decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The draft opinion, leaked to Politico, suggests the Court could be poised to overturn the landmark case that legalized abortion nationwide. Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the validity of the draft on Tuesday but said it does not necessarily reflect the final decision of the court.

Jessy Salas is rallying behind an issue deeply personal to her.

“I was actually 13 when I got pregnant," she said. "It was nonconsensual.”

She openly talks about her own abortion, hoping her story will get people to support reproductive rights.

“I'm a junior in college," she said. "I'm amazing, and I would not have any of what I have had I carried a baby, you know?”

Dozens of Utahns like Salas are speaking out against the opinion that would overturn a decision which has protected a woman’s right to access an abortion since 1973. People who are anti-abortion don’t understand the complexity of the issue, said Salas.

“'Babies are being killed with abortions,' but what about mothers who have stillborns who need to have the same procedures to make sure that they can have more babies?" she said.

Organizers of Tuesday’s rally at the Capitol were not shocked to see the big turnout at an event announced merely hours beforehand.

Eighty percent of Utahns don't believe the state needs to have any more restrictions on abortion," said Valentina De Fex, Staff Attorney for Americal Civil Liberties of Utah. "It was amazing to see all the people here today, different generations.”

The ACLU wants everyone to remember that safe abortions are still legal in the state for now.

"The people of Utah are going to make sure that their voice is heard," said De Fex.