People on both sides of the bay are reacting to the Supreme Court ruling
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Raw emotions poured out on Friday as people gathered to celebrate or rebuke the landmark Supreme Court decision.
Anti-abortion and pro-abortion groups have come together on both sides of the bay.
A prayer vigil was held in Mobile for an anti-abortion group who praised and celebrated the result.
On the other side, a demonstration was held on Friday evening for pro-abortion groups in Fairhope for those who oppose the decision.
The landmark decision removes constitutional protection for abortion.
Beth Perkins is against abortion and helped organize the prayer vigil to praise the decision.
She says she has been waiting for this day for a long time.
“This is the day the Lord has made. He coordinated everything,” Perkins said. “It’s been a lot of prayer for 49 years and a lot of hard work, a lot of peaceful hard work.”
Life Mobile’s 40 Days member Jennifer Porr said Friday’s decision held out hope for the future.
“It’s full of hope. Hopefully our culture can change from being a culture where women have a lot of pressure on them, to kind of do what other people tell them to do,” Porr said.
But across the bay, there was a very different gathering.
Allie Spomer staged a protest in Fairhope in opposition to the decision.
Spomer says their work isn’t done yet.
“We’re going to keep fighting as much as we can,” Spomer said. “And we know they had already made the decision, but the purpose of being here is to show that we are here in solidarity, and we are loud, and we are not going to be silent.”
Leigh Bancroft, a member of Femsouth, a pro-abortion group, came to the protest and says she is afraid of what this decision means for the future.
“Just not having any reproductive rights at all,” Bancroft said. “Having a full pullout because Alabama is one of many states that is on the verge of reducing our access. And who knows what the future will be, how far they will actually go once the legislation starts to be adopted.
Lots of emotion on both sides, but everything was peaceful.
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