Protesters have planned a rally in Vancouver on Saturday to support safe access to abortion.
The event is scheduled to parallel hundreds of similar rallies across the US and Canada following a leaked draft US Supreme Court ruling suggesting it would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe V. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide.
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“Reproductive rights are under attack,” organizers of the Options for Sexual Health event wrote in a Facebook post promoting the rally.
“The purpose is to show our solidarity with the fight for abortion rights in the United States and to bring broader attention to the issue of access to reproductive care,” the event reads.
“This event also aims to raise awareness of the importance of safe and equitable access to abortion in Canada and to raise funds for donations to improve access to abortion in Canada and the United States. “
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Attendees were asked to wear green as a nod to the “green wave” movement to legalize abortion in Latin America.
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Abortion was decriminalized in Canada in 1988 by the Supreme Court in R v Morgentaler, but advocates say access remains unequal, especially in rural and remote communities.
On Wednesday, the federal government pledged $3.5 million for two projects aimed at improving access to abortion in Canada.
Saturday’s rally is scheduled for 1 p.m. at šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly known as Queen Elizabeth Theater Plaza).
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