Warning Signs: Residents Protest In Support Of Abortion Rights

By: Ryan Bray

Topics: Orleans news

Jeff Frankel and Garland Alcock of Chatham make their voices heard at Saturday’s Bans Off Our Bodies rally in Orleans.

ORLEANS – The signs told the tale at the Orleans Rotary last weekend.

"Protect Roe," one read. "No Choice No Sex," read another.

People packed the rotary early Saturday afternoon to protest the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade following a draft ruling from the Supreme Court that leaked to the public earlier this month.

The Orleans rally was one of several held across the country Saturday in support of the landmark 1973 legislation that gave women the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. Bans Off Our Bodies rallies were also held in Hyannis and Falmouth.

"I firmly believe that each woman has the right to make choices about their own body," said Wendy Reveri of Orleans.

There were close to 100 people at the rally right at its 1 p.m. start time. Many motorists honked or waved to protestors in support as they drove by.

Laurie Veninger of Lower Cape Indivisibles, the group sponsoring the Orleans rally, said she was not surprised by the high turnout. She said more than 300 people had registered online to attend by the day of the event.

"Since Joe Biden's election, we've had very, very little participation in the activist work that we do," Veninger said. "This issue has lit a fire under everybody."

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