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Activists rally on Mass Street for reproductive freedom

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Lawrence community members of all ages lined Massachusetts Street near South Park Sunday afternoon pushing to uphold reproductive rights.

Many in attendance carried signs, some bearing quips such as “I’ve had Crunchwraps more supreme” — referencing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision issued Friday overturning Roe v. Wade and throwing privacy rights back nearly five decades.

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Other signs were more serious: “Girls aren’t old enough to consent but are old enough to give birth??”

Sunday’s was at least the second such rally in Lawrence since the controversial SCOTUS decision. Another rally drew dozens to 11th and Massachusetts streets on Friday.

Some signs also encouraged people to register to vote and “Vote No” against the constitutional amendment coming to Aug. 2 ballots. The amendment, if passed, would remove legal protection of abortion from the Kansas constitution and open a path for legislators to completely ban abortion in Kansas.

The deadline to register to vote in the Aug. 2 election is July 12. Early voting begins on July 13. Learn more about all of that at this link. Keep an eye out for more activism opportunities — or submit events that aren’t already listed — on our Events page.

Photos and video by August Rudisell

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August Rudisell/Lawrence Times
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