Thousands of protestors marched in downtown Atlanta for abortion rights

ATLANTA — Thousands of people gathered at the corner of Marietta Street and Centennial Olympic Park Avenue, all for one reason and one reason only, that was to fight for women’s rights.

“I’m out here today, because I don’t believe that it is the government’s right to have a say in what I cannot or can do with my body,” protester Mariah Solomon told Channel 2′s Larry Spruill.

That’s the message these protestors wanted to get across loud and clear.

For a second day in a row, people are reacting to the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

They were hitting the pavement and marching through the streets of Atlanta.

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“Honestly, it was pretty sad to see what our country has been going through, the last couple of years. And this just feels like another setback. I felt like at some point, we were trying to make some progress, but it’s just another thing to divide this country,” Solomon said.

“I was sobbing all day. I was sobbing all day,” said Lisa Jordan.

Lisa Jordan was also among the massive crowd on Saturday. She said the reason why she marched was personal.

“The right to abortion in the ‘80s for me changed the trajectory of my life. I was a woman in Appalachia, and I didn’t have a lot of choices, but that was one choice I could make. And that choice allowed me in my mind to go to college,” she said. “The people who supported this decision will fly their kids to get their abortions, and people who can’t afford it, will not be able to, you know it’s not OK.”


“Pro-life” supporters across metro Atlanta say this decision was a reason to celebrate.

Rebekah DeWolf, 18, said the Court made the right choice.

“I was very shocked at first. I thought I was going to be a lot older when this happened. I’m just very excited to see what happens these next few years and how each of the states fights its own battles for life,” DeWolf told Channel 2.

Because of this ruling, now the 50 states will be able to decide if abortion will be legal or illegal.

Olivia Gansturner lives in Virginia. She’s hoping Virginia will vote “choose life.”

“In Virginia, in my state, we have very, very bad situations. Right now, Virginia is a safe haven for the practice of abortion,” Gansturner said.

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Jordan says she’s hoping Georgia will reverse course and end abortion restrictions.

“I’m afraid of Georgia. I’m not afraid of Atlanta, I’m afraid of Georgia,” she explained.