Jan 22, 2015 8:17 PM

Pro-choice rally in Concord on 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade


CONCORD - Dozens of pro-choice supporters gathered for a rally on the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

The theme of the night was "trust women," sentiment echoed by many speakers including Governor Maggie Hassan.

"It means we can trust each other to make the kinds of decisions that will help us all get stronger and make decisions that are right for each of us as individuals and in that way we unleash the talent and energy of each and every single citizen," Hassan said.

This, on the same day Congress passed a bill to ban any federal tax money being used on some abortions. Congresswoman Annie Kuster is confident the bill won't go much further.

"We still have the President and we will have the veto we had enough votes in the house it will sustain the veto," Kuster said.

Keynote speaker Katha Pollitt wrote the book titled, "Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights." She says the House vote should be a wake-up call for pro-choice supporters.

"When you have the law on your side, you tend to be a little complacent. And the other side, has a lot of energy because they're trying to overturn something," Pollitt said.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner says Thursday's vote continues their vision to secure and protect the rights of every unborn child.

Meantime in Concord, Governor Hassan urged pro-choice supporters to continue the conversation.

"Change has never happened unless everybody stays active, persistent, respectful, and strong," Hassan said.


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