Abortion rights advocates march in Burlingame, say 4th of July holiday isn't worth celebrating

ByCornell Barnard KGO logo
Sunday, July 3, 2022
Abortion rights advocates march in Burlingame ahead of July 4th
Abortion rights activists marched Saturday in Burlingame to voice their opposition to Roe's overturn, as many women say they do not feel free.

BURLINGAME, Calif. (KGO) -- On this Fourth of July weekend, many women in the Bay Area say they do not feel free after the Supreme court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to abortion after nearly 50 years. On the Peninsula, abortion rights activists marched to voice their opposition.

One week after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Burlingame parent Rachel Cyr organized this march and rally over the July 4 holiday weekend but she says there's nothing to celebrate.

"This is not Independence Day for me, I'm not an independent body anymore, this country is not free anymore," Cyr said.

"The Supreme Court ruling reminds me of the Taliban trying to drag women back to the 16th Century," said Burlingame Deputy Mayor Michael Brownrigg.

Iris Wilga from San Mateo made protest signs with her two daughters.

"Nobody's really for abortion, it's about what you do with your body. I want to make sure they have that choice," Wilga said.

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States like New York are making moves in the legislature to enshrine abortion rights in the state's constitution. But in Texas, the Texas Supreme Court blocked a lower court's order on Friday that allowed abortions to resume.

"I'm heartbroken for people of Texas and for all the states where it's now a no go," Cyr added.

Abortion rights remain intact in California but some warn that could change going forward.

"We must organize, donate and vote, we must not be silent," said San Mateo Deputy Mayor Diane Papan.

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