Pro-abortion march downtown
About 50 people turned out at City Park on Saturday for a march through downtown Kelowna in support of reproductive rights.
The rally was a show of solidarity with protests that took place in several cities after a leaked draft suggested that the US Supreme Court would overturn the landmark Roe V Wade ruling and strike down the constitutional right to abortion in that country. .
Here in Canada, the Prime Minister has made it clear that his government will act to ensure that women have access to abortion no matter where they live in the country, and will also ensure that no future government can immediately take it away.
“We need change in Canada, because what we have is only legal abortion,” said Candace Banks, one of the organizers of the Kelowna march. “We don’t have access to abortion and we don’t have access to reproductive rights.”
He wants to pressure the current government to do more.
“I think with any government, this is the one that could listen,” Banks added.
“We have three years until our next election and the possibility of the Conservatives getting to that point could be a reality for us. We need to teach our future governments that we will not tolerate it. Today is the day we start and we won’t stop until we get what we want.”
On Wednesday, the Liberal government announced that it will award $3.5 million for two projects to help improve access to abortion services in Canada.
Among those who participated in the demonstration were young and old, women and men. Messages on their signs included some that read “Misogyny kills more people than abortion,” “Abortion is health care,” and “It’s a beautiful day to smash patriarchy.”
The rally received a few honks of support as it moved down Bernard Avenue and toward the courthouse.