The local activist group SOMA Action led a rally in support of abortion rights at the Maplewood Train Station on Tuesday night, May 21, that attracted hundreds of supporters, according to SOMA Action and the Star-Ledger.
The Star-Ledger/NJ.com reported that the SOMA Action rally was among several held across the state on Tuesday in response to a series of laws passed and/or signed in other states severely restricting access to abortion.
According to a release from SOMA Action, their “boisterous” train station rally was “part of a national day of action to denounce the wave of efforts by state legislatures in several states to ban abortion and restrict reproductive freedom, including Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Missouri. This protest was one of 400 around the country to #StopTheBans. Although it was an emergency rally, with only 2 days to organize, 200 people turned out to speak their minds against this coordinated right-wing effort to strip away access to abortion and women’s health care.”
After the rally, protesters marched through Maplewood Village, shouting slogans such as, “My Body, My Right.” SOMA Action is planning a meeting on Saturday, June 1, at 3 p.m. at Morrow Memorial Church in Maplewood to further strategize its support of abortion rights.