Chants of “not the church and not the state, women must decide their fate” reverberated across the Pit.
It signaled the beginning of the “Protect Access, Defend Women’s Health” rally that was held Thursday by UNC students.
The rally, sponsored by Students United for Reproductive Justice, drew about 50 attendees to protest against an abortion bill going through the N.C. General Assembly. House Bill 465 would prevent the medical schools at UNC-CH and ECU from teaching medical students how to perform abortions, as well as banning abortions from being performed at the schools’ respective facilities.
The bill would also extend the waiting period before a woman can obtain an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours and require any physician performing abortions to be licensed as an OB-GYN.
Surrounded by signs with slogans such as “stop H.B 465, politicians do not equal doctors,” Cara Schumann, UNC sophomore and co-president of SURJ, opened the protest with a call to action.