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Abortion bans spur Town Square protest

By Leonor GraveMay 22, 2019

Lisa Roarke stood at the front of the Town Square crowd Tuesday holding a sign in each hand.

One had the more straightforward message: “Abortion is healthcare.” The other displayed a more tongue-in-cheek slogan: “Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to marry Republican congressmen.”

Close to 50 people gathered to protest the recent abortion bans in Mississippi and Alabama. The Stop the Bans protest was organized by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and Chelsea’s Fund, and was part of the National Day of Action to Stop the Bans happening across the United States.

Roarke heard about the protest the night before and knew she had to show her support, even though it meant missing a meeting at work. For Roarke the protest hit especially close to home because — when she was 17 — she chose to have an abortion.

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