Abortion rights backers will rally Saturday afternoon in Detroit, Lansing, Kalamazoo

June 25, 2022, 8:48 AM

Hastily organized rallies in three Michigan cities will protest Friday's 5-4 Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade.

Gatherings are scheduled at 5 p.m. Saturday in Detroit (Palmer Park), Kalamazoo (Bronson Park) and outside the capitol in Lansing. 

They're arranged by Reproductive Freedom for All, a coalition of groups gathering petition signatures for a November ballot measure that would enshrine a right to abortion in the state constitution. The effort needs 425,000 valid voter signatures by July 11.

"The clear majority of Michiganders want abortion to remain safe and legal," Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan -- the group's political branch -- says in an email to supporters late Friday. "Through the ballot measure, we can ensure their voices are heard and abortion remains accessible in Michigan."

The email blast condemns the U.S. Supreme Court majority for letting "state governments and politicians to interfere with our most personal medical decisions. This is an injustice, and we should all be outraged."

Michigan recorded 29,669 induced abortions in 2020, according to the most recent health department data available.


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