GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) — Protesters gathered Sunday at the University of East Carolina Student Health Sciences Center to defend abortion rights.
Emmalee Todd, who is a third-year student at ECU Brody School of Medicine and a physician, organized the walk. She said that after the Supreme Court’s draft opinion regarding the status of Roe v Wade leaked, she said she and her fellow doctors wanted a way to express their feelings, which is why she organized the event.
“We know what pregnancy means. We know that even the most desired pregnancy carries many risks. And we feel that no one should have to go through that, who doesn’t want to,” Todd said.
Medical students and healthcare workers participated in the march on behalf of their patients. It wasn’t just women marching for women’s rights at Sunday’s demonstration.
“I am here as a man today. I am also a medical student. I’m here more as an ally, but also as an advocate for women’s health. Reproductive health care is health care. There is no separation that,” one protester said.
While many expressed disappointment and shock, others weren’t surprised.
“Well, there’s a part of me that obviously feels a little numb to it all, just living in America, as a woman, you know, you get used to it and come back again and again and again,” said said Sophie Adgate, a protester. “But it’s also very emotional and scary to think about.”
Protesters said women were already struggling enough to access reproductive services with Roe v. Wade in place, and without it they fear what might happen in the near future.