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Abortion-rights supporters rally, march in downtown Vancouver

By , Columbian staff writer
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Protesters rally for abortion rights at the Clark County Courthouse on Monday afternoon.
Protesters rally for abortion rights at the Clark County Courthouse on Monday afternoon. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Approximately 100 abortion-rights supporters rallied in front of the Clark County Courthouse late Monday afternoon, and went on a march around downtown Vancouver.

“If they’re going to start a war on women, then we’re going to get the woman warriors,” organizer Amber Ray told the group through a megaphone. She said the Supreme Court’s recent reversal of the long-standing Roe v. Wade decision may only be the first in a series of decisions that limit women’s rights, even in liberal-leaning Washington. “We are past the point of being quiet,” she said.

Ten-year-old Quinn Jones told the crowd that his mother underwent a medically necessary abortion procedure after a pregnancy went wrong — and that she could have died without it. “My mom’s life matters and so does yours,” Jones said.

A man who was noticed wandering around the scene tried to grab the megaphone as it was being passed between people speaking to the rally, and punches were exchanged between him and an abortion-rights protester. Police arrived within minutes and were observed trying to diffuse the situation. No arrests were made.

Columbian photographer Taylor Balkom contributed to this story.

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