Abortion advocates march through Hoboken in wake of Roe v. Wade overturn
Abortion rights advocates held a demonstration in Hoboken Sunday in the wake of the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
It started with a rally on the front steps of Hoboken City Hall and ended in a march down Washington Street.
People of all genders and ages participated. Some said they were all too familiar with the route decades after fighting the same fight.
Kathy Ammerman made the march up to Steven's College in the 1970s before Roe v. Wade five decades ago. She said the next generation must take action by voting.
Advocates chanted at City Hall and marched, some with their young children, receiving support from neighbors along the route.
"The world needs gender equality reality," said Edward Carrillo, who was one of a handful of men at the demonstration. He said other men must show their support.
"What I would say to them is that it's time for them to man up and support females, and to know that they deserve equal rights, that women's rights are human rights," Carrillo said.
After Friday's decision that overturned Roe v. Wade and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' comments on possibly overturning same sex marriage and contraceptive rulings, Ammerman said she lost the optimism she had left.
"Things won't change in my lifetime. I'll be 67 in a few weeks. It's over for me. I'm going to die seeing this," Ammerman said.
There are plans for other demonstrations in the coming weeks, like one outside of the capital on Independence Day.