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Crowds Gather at State Capitol Amid Possible Nationwide Abortion Access Restrictions – CBS Denver

DENVER, Colorado (CBS4) – On the west steps of the state Capitol on Tuesday afternoon, about 200 Coloradans rallied for rights they fear are about to be stripped away in America.

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“I am so sad and so angry that five people can choose to take away our rights as women and as citizens of the United States,” said Kristen Winkel, an abortion rights advocate.
Emotions always run high when it comes to abortion rights. For some, the possible reversal of Roe v. Wade will have profound repercussions.

“Abortion rights are a racial issue,” said activist Kayla Gonzales Garcia, to cheers from the crowd. “Before Roe v. Wade, women of color died twelve times more often than white women from unsafe abortions.”

Gonzales Garcia shared his experience of illegal abortion in Peru. She said she feared for her life, not knowing if she would wake up after the procedure. She is angry that women in this country may experience the same pain and uncertainty, especially women of color.

“The fact that the Supreme Court, a group of white people and men, is trying to overturn Roe v. Wade is just disgusting,” she said.

Many men turned out for the rally, including Charlie Hindman. He said he was angry too.

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“People like me who don’t have a womb, I don’t think I should have a say,” he told CBS4. “I want to make sure we don’t back down to where [women] must receive unsafe health care.

And those who have spent decades fighting for abortion rights and women’s health find it hard to believe the battle continues.

“Roe v. Wade came through when I was a sophomore in college,” Winkel said. “I always knew there was a chance, but I never thought the day would come.”

Many state lawmakers came out of the capital to join the afternoon rally, including Rep. Leslie Herod and Senator Julie Gonzales. Some spoke about the work they do to protect abortion rights, but also said it was up to everyone to get out and vote.

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“Now it’s up to you to vote to stop more of these Republican candidates who are trying to subvert our rights,” said Senator Sonya Jaquez Lewis. “What they are doing is a gross violation of our rights. We have to stop it.