Protesters gathered by the Lee County courthouse and across the country to rally both sides of abortion rights.
Amanda Peterson, organizer of the SWFL red cloaks says “We are here to ensure equality and women’s choice for all.”
Rick Carter, abortion abolitionist says “We’re out here because we believe that one human being murdering another human being is evil.”
Two sides of a controversial issue going head-to-head.
“We thought, when it passed, when roe passed in 1973, that we were done,” Deborah Hopkins, a member of the SWFL red cloaks says. “So, we are out here and we are angry that we are out here again.”
The demonstrations come as a direct response to the leaked draft of an opinion by the Supreme Court possibly signaling an end to Roe V. Wade.
“It’s just the evil of our age, I don’t know how else to put it,” Rick Carter says. “People are murdering other people, and it’s wrong.”
Peterson, SWFL red cloaks member says “We’re silent, non-reactive, and, we are not wearing these cloaks in pride we’re wearing these cloaks as a threat. This is a threat of a future where women don’t have a say over their bodies, and pregnancies are forced and deliveries are forced.”
If the Supreme Court ultimately overturns Roe V. Wade it does not mean abortion becomes illegal. Florida law currently allows an abortion up to the 24th week of pregnancy. On July 1 that changes to 15 weeks.