Protesters gather at Omaha Memorial Park to support abortion rights

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) — Less than 24 hours after the president signed an executive order to protect women’s right to process — and protesters on the subway are riding the momentum.

More than 1,000 people turned out at Memorial Park in Omaha for a rally against abortion.

“We protect women’s rights, abortion rights, nine yards,” said pro-choice supporter Megan Sandal.

The rally is part of a large demonstration for abortion rights taking place across the country on Saturday.

Despite the decision handed down just over two weeks ago, Sandal believes it is important to continue to raise her voice and help the women who are affected.

“I believe that if we want to see change in this country, we have to go out and show people that there are people who believe that they have the same ideas as them and that there is a group that support.”

Speakers at the rally highlighted how younger generations can have a big impact for years to come with abortion rights.

Khloe Suey says it can help inspire little girls to stand up for what they believe in.

“They see us here doing it and it gives little girls, I’ve seen several little girls here and there all like ‘what is this? and it gives them courage,” Suey said.

And that’s what Shane Lundberg and his wife hope their two daughters can take away from this rally.

“We’re not just supporting burnout and abortion if you need it, it’s more education on how to prevent those things,” Lundberg said. “But having the ability if they need to love like every woman should.”

Speakers also took the opportunity to educate people about abortion access in Nebraska. Abortion is still legal in Nebraska, but Republican leaders have shown interest in changing that.

Jessica and Megan are new residents to the state of Nebraska and were impressed with how many people came. They hope similar gatherings will have an impact in their home country as well.

“I’m from Missouri, where we have the strongest laws, especially with the trigger bans that just came out a few weeks ago,” they said. “And so, if I can help make a change here, hopefully that can spread to my state as well.”

Saturday’s rally was the latest of several pro-choice demonstrations to take place in Omaha in recent weeks.

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