Sit-in to protest Roe vs Wade decision

A Dunedin student shocked by the decision to overturn Americans’ right to abortions has organised a protest in solidarity.

Last week, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe vs Wade, a move that many American women have flagged as the loss of a constitutional right to abortion.

The decision stunned people across the world, and prompted protests in the US.

In Dunedin, Georgia Hawthorne, a social work student, was alarmed when she heard the news.

Miss Hawthorne, along with two other students, has organised a peaceful sit-in protest for New Zealanders to stand in solidarity with their American counterparts.

She wanted the New Zealand Government to know women in this country did not want to go backwards — as abortion was only decriminalised in 2020.

The protest would be held in the Octagon at 11am, on July 8.

Miss Hawthorne said the date was picked in hope students would be back in the city to show their support.

So far, she had received only positive responses to the protest, Miss Hawthorne said.

Family Planning, an organisation that specialises in sexual and reproductive health, had received many calls.

Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmond said it had received more membership and donations in the past three days than she could recall.

By Cas Saunders



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