‘Yes for Choice’ rally held near Bradley University in nationwide protest

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PEORIA (WEEK) – All throughout the country, including here in Central Illinois, rallies were held, focused on reproductive rights.

In Peoria a group gathered near Bradley University. A ‘Yes for Choice’ rally was held on Main and University. Those in attendance say they were there to show solidarity with people working to overturn the laws restricting access to abortion.

Pastor Debra Avery with the Presbyterian Church says she wanted to rally for her two daughters. She says she wants them to know their autonomy is their own and no one should be making decisions about someone else’s reproductive rights.

“It’s a way for us to say we’re here and we have a voice and we’re not going to be silenced. The people making the laws are the people with much privilege, white people, many of them are men. People who have all the privileges in life making decisions for access to healthcare is always a problem,” Avery said.

The supreme court, which returns Monday, denied a request to block the Texas bill. Activists now fear it will empower other states to follow suit.

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