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Rain or Shine, SFLA Showed Up to Counter Protest the Bans Off Raleigh Rally

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Caroline Wharton - 19 May 2022
Rain or Shine, SFLA Showed Up to Counter Protest the Bans Off Raleigh Rally
Bans Off Raleigh Rally
Guest post by Students for Life of America’s Southeast Regional Coordinator Brooke Larkin

GUEST POST: This is a monumental time in history as the unconstitutional Roe v. Wade decision is beginning to crumble. In Raleigh, North Carolina this past weekend, you could literally feel the tension in the air as pro-abortion advocates from across the state assembled to show their distaste for the potential reversal of Roe

Students for Life of America (SFLA) groups from all over the Southeast mobilized more than 20 students and community members to protest the Bans Off Our Bodies rally in Raleigh and to show our support for the reversal of Roe which will send abortion policy back to the states. 

My group arrived at the rally destination at 11:00am with ponchos and umbrellas in tow, bracing ourselves for the torrential downpour that would arrive at the same time as the pro-abortion crowd. As we congregated to go over the order of events for the day and coordinated our matching “I Am the Pro-Life Generation” shirts, the heavy rain began. It seemed symbolic somehow that it would rain on the pro-abortion’s pro-Roe parade.  

Bans Off Raleigh Rally

Once our group was all together, we headed towards the rally that was beginning and found a spot on the street corner across from the rally. Immediately, we were cursed at, flipped off, and screamed at for peacefully holding our pro-life signs that proclaimed that we were the Post-Roe Generation, and our future was anti-abortion.  

As the rally came to a close, the pro-abortion march began. My group stayed on the sidewalk across the street from the protestors, but we marched on beat with them all while chanting “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Roe v. Wade has got to go.” 

Bans Off Raleigh Rally

When the marching stopped, we took our spot back on the street corner and kept up our pro-life chants, singing and shouting for joy about how life is sacred, and women deserve better than abortion. In the next two hours of demonstrating, our group received hundreds of aggressive responses from bystanders and angry pro-abortion supporters who attempted to yell in our faces or block our signs. When we attempted to peacefully converse with them, they did not want to listen—just to scream.  

My group members and I were soaking wet by the end of the day and utterly exhausted, but we were happy that we had been able to spread the pro-life message at the capitol of North Carolina. We wanted to ensure that all of Raleigh knows that the future is anti-abortion and that the pro-life movement is working to make that a better and brighter future for everyone—both born and preborn.  

Bans Off Raleigh Rally

To read more about other SFLA counter protests to the Bans Off Our Bodies rallies around the country, click HERE.  

READ NEXT: This is How Someone the Abortion Lobby “Protects” Was Treated at a Bans Off Our Bodies Rally  

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