A rally is planned for Saturday afternoon at the historic Woodstock Square to “demand an end to the dangerous, escalating attacks on reproductive rights and freedoms in this country,” organizers said.
The protest was organized by Women’s March-McHenry County and McHenry County NOW as part of nationwide protests, according to a news release. Additional groups also will be taking part.
The rallies are timed ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court beginning oral arguments in an abortion case.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments Dec. 1 in case involving Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy, the Associated Press reported.
The state of Mississippi has asked the court to overrule the Roe v. Wade decision and the subsequent Planned Parenthood v. Casey that prevented states from banning abortion before viability, the point at which a fetus can survive outside the womb, around 24 weeks of pregnancy, according to the AP.
The Supreme Court recently allowed a Texas law to take effect that bans abortions after heart activity can be detected, around 6 weeks of pregnancy. The court, split 5-4, did not rule on the constitutionality of the law, but rather declined to preemptively stop it from taking effect.
The rally in Woodstock will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the gazebo in the Square, 121 W. Van Buren St.
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Source: The Daily Chronicle