Rally for Women’s Health to Be Held in Mount Pleasant

A “Pro-Roe Rally” will be held on Saturday, July 9, at 4:00 p.m., in Mount Pleasant. Anyone interested in supporting a woman’s right to access safe and legal abortion and make her own health care decisions is invited to gather at the south end of Central Park.

Following brief instructions, participants are invited to march around the square then along
Jefferson Street to the statue of Belle Babb Mansfield on Iowa Wesleyan University’s campus. Speakers will share important perspectives on this complex issue.

The rally is being planned by an informal group of women and men concerned about the future of women’s bodily autonomy following the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe vs Wade. One of the organizers, Pamela Bennett said, “We may be frightened, and we may be angry; but we will not be silent, and we will not go back.”

Another organizer, Sarah Goff, added, “The immediate threat is to abortion rights, but we know it doesn’t stop here.” She recalled a quote by former Chief Justice Earl Warren, “When the rights of any individual or group are chipped away, the freedom of all erodes.”