Protest in Downtown Cadillac in Support of Pro-Choice Movement

The Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade June 24 angered the pro-choice movement.

Tuesday, a protest supporting women’s reproductive rights took place today at the Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion in Downtown Cadillac.

Many people showed up in support of women’s right to an abortion and to share their feelings and stories.

“We are here to support pro-choice.” says Gracie VanBuren, co-organizer of the protest. “Personally, I’m here today because I believe nobody should be making rights about me, but me. I should have full control over my body, not the government.”

VanBuren is young, but is very passionate about women’s reproductive rights. She says it is important to look out for the younger generations because there will be women who are sexually active, but will not have access to proper birth control options.

“I hope that the government officials hear our voices and understand why we are upset and why we are so against people having laws on our bodies.” says VanBuren. “We are strong, we are independent and we know what’s right for us, not the government.”

Not only were members of the younger generations at the protest, but there were also older women there. Women who have gone through pregnancy and know what it is like.

“I had three miscarriages and  had to have three D&C’s (Dilation and Curettage), which is a very painful procedure.” says Amanda Siggins, a mom and protest co-organizer. “That is a similar procedure that they do for abortions. People do not choose to do that unless they have to.”

Just like VanBuren, Siggins is also looking out for the younger generation.

“I have two daughters and a son and over my dead body will the government tell them what they can do with their bodies.” says says Amanda Siggins, a mom and protest co-organizer.

Siggins is a candidate for the State House of Representatives and was also there to collect signatures.

“We are here collecting signatures to get the initiative on the ballot to say we want a Michigan Constitution protection for women’s rights.” Siggins says. “Getting it on the ballot is a way to give them (women) a voice without fear.”

Another mother, and also great-grandmother, spoke about how it reminded her of the young women in today’s society.

“It’s awful. It’s horrendous” says Charlotte Barfield, a great-grandmother that was at the protest. “It made me think about my great granddaughters. I couldn’t help but think about them and their future.”