This Sunday, the 50th anniversary of the overturned Roe v. Wade decision, women nationwide will march to protest the Alito Court’s reversal of their autonomy and equal citizenship. NOW South Dakota will join that protest with a sister march in Rapid City:
The South Dakota Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW, SD) is hosting “Black Hills Bigger Than Roe Rally,” a pro-woman, pro-choice, pro-reproductive-justice rally on the corner of 9th and Main in downtown Rapid City, SD starting at 12 pm on Sunday, January 22, 2023.
The rally is in concert with pro-Roe rallies across the nation as women’s and reproductive rights groups protest the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022. January 22, the date of the rally, honors the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decriminalization of abortion in 1973. For nearly 50 years, Roe allowed pregnant persons a safer option for terminating dangerous, unsafe, and unwanted pregnancies. In June 2023, our current Supreme Court overturned this right.
The overturn of Roe v. Wade has awakened many persons from a political slumber. We are angry and protesting in as many different ways as there are people: we will vote, rally, educate, march, call representatives, and gather together in solidarity. This movement was begun by the overturning of Roe, but it has become bigger than Roe.
NOW, SD welcomes all nonviolent and law-abiding attendees. Our rally will last one to two hours, depending on weather, and will keep protestors on sidewalks with our signs and chants [NOW South Dakota, press release, received 2023.01.15].
Keep an eye out: if you want to reclaim that right to control your pregnancy, you will likely see a petitioner or two at the protest offering you the chance to sign a petition to put a constitutional right to abortion on South Dakota’s 2024 ballot.