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Grand Forks protesters show support for abortion rights

More than 100 protesters lined up on DeMers Avenue in Grand Forks to protest the possibility of Roe v. Wade being struck down.

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Protesters line up on Demers Avenue in Grand Forks in support of abortion rights.
Mike McGurran
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Protests and rallies were held across the country on May 14 as part of the national "Bans Off our Bodies" demonstration.

A crowd of more than 100 people lined up along DeMers Avenue in Grand Forks, protesting the possibility of the supreme court overturning Roe v. Wade.

A draft of a supreme court decision leaked on May 2, showing that the court was ready to strike down the roughly 50 years of legal precedent.

"We think that there's a real threat involved in the potential for other individual rights to be taken away over time," said Sandi Marshall, the co founder of the Equal Rights Association Now, a Grand Forks based nonprofit. She thinks getting rid of Roe V. Wade could impact other issues.

"There's so many areas of our lives that could be affected by this decision, and any repercussions of it afterwards," said Marshall.

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Some people at the scene have never been involved in a protest before.

"This is our first time coming out into the public space," said Sandrickus G, who declined to give his full last name. "But I feel like even more so because I have a mother, you know, I have a sister, I have a wife, we need to make sure we're protecting them."

Although abortion is one of the nation's most heated debates, protesters Kathryn Rand she doesn't see the demonstration as being just about abortion rights.

"It's about birth control," said Rand. "It's about being able to raise your children in the way that you see fit. All of these rights come from the same constitutional provision."

For now, the protesters are making their voices heard, and waiting to see what the court's ruling will be.

Our team did not see any counter protesters at the event.

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