OLYMPIA — Alicia Hupprich stood exterior the state Capitol on Tuesday alongside over 70 different abortion rights advocates, carrying pink and holding indicators to guard a lady’s proper to decide on.
Behind her, virtually 20 anti-abortion activists wore pink and held giant indicators picturing alleged fetuses on the time of abortion.
Hupprich shared her private story to indicate assist for upcoming reproductive rights payments within the 2023 legislative session.
In 2015, Hupprich drove from her residence in Washington, D.C., to New Jersey to get an abortion after discovering the daughter she was pregnant with had a coronary heart situation. She stated there was just one physician who might carry out abortions after 18 weeks anyplace remotely near her. And she or he needed to pay for her abortion since her insurance coverage didn’t cowl any abortion prices underneath the Hyde Modification.
“The sufferers that must entry abortion are human beings with full lives, should not a quantity on a spreadsheet,” Hupprich stated. “We have to prioritize giving autonomy to people to make the perfect well being care selections for his or her distinctive conditions.”
Totally different generations stood collectively on the steps of the Capitol for the rally organized by Professional-Selection Washington together with teams like ACLU Washington, Cedar Clinics, Deliberate Parenthood and Authorized Voice.
Holding an indication saying “Ruth Despatched Us,” Amy Myers chuckled whereas reminiscing that she needed to protest for a similar proper 50 years in the past.
“I hope it simply goes by actual simple and Washington state will get its legislation within the structure,” Myers stated.
Myers and others have been joined by state Lawyer Normal Bob Ferguson; Home Speaker Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma; Sen. Emily Randall, D-Bremerton; Sen. Yasmin Trudeau, D-Tacoma; Rep. Sharlett Mena, D-Tacoma; Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane; and Rep. Darya Farivar, D-Seattle.
Onalyz Babcock got here to the Capitol together with her toddler to testify towards the proposed payments.
“I don’t assume any people have the proper to finish one other human’s life,” Babcock stated.
Babcock stated she was for abortion rights, however she has since modified her thoughts.
“I got here right here right now on the lookout for frequent floor, hoping to talk and strike relationships with folks,” Babcock stated. “And I hope that in addition they wish to hear us out.”
After abortion rights activists completed making their remarks, a counterprotester yelled out, “What does God take into consideration the choice of taking a life?”
The 2 sides then briefly yelled at one another, till dispersing to attend hearings or go elsewhere.