UNC students and community members gathered outside the Chapel Hill Courthouse on Franklin Street Tuesday to protest the possible overturning of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
The protest was one of many that took place across the country in response to a Supreme Court draft opinion obtained and published by Politico. The draft suggested that the case, which established a constitutional right to abortion, would be overturned.
About 20 people attended the protest. Many held up signs, cheered and chanted messages like “abortion is healthcare,” “hands off our bodies” and “we won’t go back.” Drivers on Franklin Street honked in support as they passed.
UNC graduate student Carrington Merritt said she wanted to be at the courthouse to communicate the importance of choice when it comes to women's health and abortion.
“We've been chanting that abortion is healthcare, and I feel like people don't really understand that or think about how much this actually saves lives,” she said.
Samantha Brosso, another UNC graduate student, held up a sign that read, “I demand a separation between vagina + state.”
Brosso explained that she felt sad about the Supreme Court draft but uplifted by the crowd of fellow protestors and those who passed by.
“I feel encouraged by all the people driving by and honking at us,” she said.
UNC graduate student Manuel Galvan said he felt frustrated by the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade. He added that he saw the news coming, even though others disagreed with him at the time.