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Group gathers at Clark County Courthouse to support abortion rights

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Abortion rights supporters encourage passing drivers to honk their car horns Tuesday evening at a rally outside the Clark County Courthouse.
Abortion rights supporters encourage passing drivers to honk their car horns Tuesday evening at a rally outside the Clark County Courthouse. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

A group including state Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, gathered at the Clark County Courthouse Tuesday after abortion rights supporters called for local gatherings at 5 p.m. to protest the Supreme Court’s anticipated decision.

Assuming the court strikes down the Roe v. Wade decision, state laws would determine abortion rights. Abortion has been legal in Washington state since a 1970 referendum. A 1991 ballot measure, also approved by voters, declared a woman’s right to choose physician-performed abortion. Oregon has similar laws in place.

At the Clark County Courthouse, the group waved signs promoting Planned Parenthood and women’s rights, and encouraged passing motorists to honk their horns. Some used chalk to write pro-choice messages on the sidewalk.

“This erosion of our rights is really big,” said Elsie Herring of Vancouver, who left a chalk message. “I think this is a slippery slope to a really dystopian future.”

Roe v. Wade

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