100+ rally in Detroit to advocate for abortion rights following leaked SCOTUS opinion

‘I just don’t think they have a right to impose their ideologies on me or any other person’

DETROIT – More than a hundred people rallied outside the Federal Courthouse in Detroit to advocate for a woman’s right to choose. 

“I’m not condemning their ideologies, I just don’t think they have a right to impose their ideologies on me or any other person,” Judy Wraight said.

Wraight, a 75-year-old Detroiter says she never imagined she would be hitting the streets to protest against a possible ban on abortion. She’s hoping lawmakers can act to protect women’s rights in Michigan should the Supreme Court follow through with its draft opinion.

“They need to throw out the old law as quickly as possible,” Wraight said.

If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, Michigan would go back to an abortion ban.

Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib was at Tuesday’s demonstration. She says doing nothing is not an option. She is urging fellow members of Congress to vote on a bill that would make Roe v. Wade law.

Read: Whitmer has ‘decent shot’ at challenging Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban, ex-US attorney says

She calls the Supreme Court’s draft decision unfair and unjust, adding that there is overwhelming support for Roe v. Wade. 

“I hope they hear it, I hear the footsteps march to Capitol Hill and they’re going to demand the Senate codify, demand action of congress and I’ll be standing with them,” Wraight said.

Not everyone is against the draft. Anna Visser of Right to Life Michigan is excited that Michigan would return to a ban, adding there are more than 150 pregnancy resource centers throughout the state and adoption agencies ready to help expectant mothers.

More: Leaked SCOTUS opinion: A look at the future of abortion in Michigan if Roe is overturned

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