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AMBLER — A crowd gathered at the Ambler Train Station Friday afternoon for a rally for women’s reproductive rights hosted by Gov. Tom Wolf.
The rally for reproductive rights featured multiple speakers including Gov. Tom Wolf Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Rep. Mary Jo Daley, Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, Sen. Maria Collett and others.
The rally comes after multiple states, including Alabama, passing or attempting to pass anti pro-choice legislation.
Joy Bergey, of Flourtown, was holding a sign that read “U.S. out of my uterus.”
“I am horrified with the threats to take back reproductive rights by those who think backwards on this issue,” Joy Bergey said.
Before the rally, Megan Clark, of Hatfield, explained why she showed up to the rally.
“It (the rally) is incredibly important. Showing up is a huge portion. It’s not good to sit at home on the sidelines,” Megan Clark said.
Clark has supported the democratic party in the Hatfield area many times before.
Rep. Mary Jo Daley opened up the rally at noon, explaining that women should make the choice about their own bodies.
“A woman’s body is not public property,” Rep. Mary Jo Daley said.
Gov. Tom Wolf was the next speaker, making it clear that he does not support the recent anti pro-life efforts.
“The woman should make the choice. She will bear the consequences of the decision more than anyone. I am proud to stand for that choice,” Gov. Wolf said.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro showed that he plans to put up a solid front against anti pro-choice legislation efforts.
“You have to come through me. Even if it’s the President of the United States. I will never hesitate as Attorney General to protect all reproductive rights,” Attorney General Shapiro said.
Two women also spoke out about their personal abortion experiences at the rally.
One of those women, Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, spoke about her own abortion, which she got during the second trimester.
Dr. Hyatt made the decision after finding out that her unborn son had a birth defect late in the pregnancy. The defect had to do with the unborn child’s trachea, which could have resulted as the child not being able to breathe once born.
“Darby was both living and dying inside of me,” Dr. Hyatt said.
Dr. Hyatt explained that if she would have chosen to give birth to the child, she would have had to undergo a procedure that would put her at risk for a child who might not have been able to breathe.
“It would have been selfish to have a baby at all costs. Letting go was about parenting, Dr. Hyatt said.
Dr. Hyatt made a point to clarify that she supports all choices when it comes to abortion.
“We honor and stand with parents who had different choices and stand with them and are glad they were able to make the choice themselves,” Dr. Hyatt said.
Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence offered a story about his family member who died from illegal abortion many years ago.
“We cannot go backwards,” Lawrence said.
Lawrence realizes that he is not a woman who is directly affected by to pro-choice topic, but he wants to support women, the ones who are.
“Despite the fact that it’s a decision I will never have to make, if you support women, you have to stand with women,” Lawrence said.
There were two main points that stuck out and were chanted repeatedly at the rally: “Nothing about us without us” and “Women’s rights are human rights.”
Although many people at the rally seemed to support Gov. Wolf and his fellow speakers’ views and stories, opposition was also present.
Signs that read messages such as “We won’t go back” and “Women’s Bodies Women’s Choice” were accompanied by ones that read “REMEMBER The Unborn” and Unborn Children are Americans Too.”
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