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Utahns rally at the State Capitol in support of abortion rights

Thursday’s rally was the second event focused on abortion and reproductive rights in Salt Lake City this week.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) More than a thousand protesters gather on Thursday, April 5.

Hundreds of Utahns — mostly teenagers and young adults — took part in a rally on the steps of the state Capitol on Thursday afternoon in response to news that the US Supreme Court could limit abortion access.

The speakers, some as young as 16, emphasized the importance of physical autonomy and helping Utahans make their own decisions in their lives.

“The power is with us,” not the courts, one speaker told a cheering crowd.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Hundreds of protesters march on Thursday, April 5

They called on political leaders on both sides of the aisle to take action. The crowd booed as speakers brought up Utah’s Trigger Act, which would ban most abortions in the state if Roe v. Wade would be lifted.

Some attendees dressed up as characters from the book and Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale. Many people held up signs, some of which read, “Leave my uterus alone” and “Am I a woman? Or am I womb?”

Thursday’s rally was the second event focused on abortion and reproductive rights in Salt Lake City this week. Another rally began Tuesday at the Capitol before people marched into downtown Salt Lake City. Tuesday’s crowd reached about 1,000 people, but Thursday’s event drew more.

The Supreme Court will soon rule in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case stemming from a 2018 Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy with some exceptions. The Supreme Court’s decision was not expected to be released until June or possibly July before its session ends.

But a leaked draft statement released by Politico on Monday gave a glimpse of what could be to come.

“Roe was terribly wrong from the start,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the draft opinion on the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision of the people.”

Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed Tuesday that the draft was authentic, but added that “it does not represent a decision of the court or a member’s final position on the issues at issue in the case.”

Becky Jacobs is one Report for America Corps member and writes for The Salt Lake Tribune on the status of women in Utah. Your donation of our RFA grant helps her write stories like this; Please consider making a tax-deductible gift of any amount today by clicking here.

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