Pro-choice march for reproductive rights takes place in downtown Kelowna – Kelowna News

Downtown Pro-Choice March

Cindy White

About 50 people turned out at City Park on Saturday for a march through downtown Kelowna in support of reproductive rights.

The rally was a show of solidarity with protests taking place in several cities after a leaked draft suggested the US Supreme Court would overturn the landmark Roe V Wade decision and strike down the constitutional right to abortion in this country.

Here in Canada, the Prime Minister has made it clear that his government will act to ensure that women have access to abortion, regardless of where they live in the country, and also to ensure that no future government can take away this immediately.

“We need change in Canada because what we have is just legal abortion,” said Candace Banks, one of the organizers of the Kelowna march. “We don’t have access to abortion and we don’t have access to reproductive rights.”

She wants to pressure the current government to do more.

“I think with any government, it’s the one that could listen,” Banks added.

“We have three years until our next election and the chance to bring in the Conservatives then could be a reality for us. We must teach our future governments that we will not tolerate it. Today is the day we start, and we won’t stop until we get what we want.

On Wednesday, the Liberal government announced that it is providing $3.5 million for two projects to help improve access to abortion services in Canada.

Those who took part in the rally were young and old, women and men. Messages on their placards included those saying, “Misogyny kills more people than abortion,” “Abortion is health,” and “It’s a great day to smash the patriarchy.”

The rally received honking as they marched down Bernard Avenue and towards the courthouse.

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