Hundreds gather in Ashland Saturday, in solidarity with nationwide ‘bans off our bodies’ protest

ASHLAND, Ore — Hundreds of people took to the streets in downtown Ashland, voicing their frustration as abortion protection hangs in the balance.

“Bans off our bodies” protests took place nationwide Saturday. It follows the recent leaked documents, that shows the Supreme Court’s pending decision to overturn Roe V. Wade.

Ashland state representative Pam Marsh was among the group of protesters in Ashland. She says it was important to see people from the Rogue Valley come together to express their dismay.

“We’ve had these rights for 50 years, we’ve had generations of women who have grown up with these rights, and it is incomprehensible that we would take a step backwards,” Marsh told NBC5. “We are going to stand up and tell our stories.” 

Marsh says the state of Oregon has invested money, to ensure abortion services remains available. However, she worries shifts on the federal level could cause pressure on state lawmakers.

At the moment, Marsh is confident that the state has the right laws in place to protect Oregonians, regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision.

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Anthony Carter
Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]
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