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‘My Body’ rally set for Sunday

A “My Body My Choice” rally will be held at noon Sunday at Altoona’s Heritage Plaza to highlight the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade and to voice concerns over those actions. The event is being organized by Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School senior Lauryn Conway.

“Our focus will be on how this affects everyone, including women, and how important it is to get out to vote,” Conway said.

Conway attended a lot of similar events in the past and said she wanted to give people information about why these issues are important.

“I want to create a safe place for people to talk and to have a voice,” Conway said. “We have to speak up.”

She said it is nice to hear younger people talk about how Roe v. Wade affects them, too.

“Lauryn wanted to put together a pro-choice rally two weeks ago and started to organize it by reaching out to organizations that were supportive of her cause,” said Denice Rodaniche, vice president of Indivisble Blair County.

The event will feature several speakers, including Darius Morgan, vice president of the NAACP. Letters from doctors and others will be read during the event.

“People have had concern for the future and the loss of liberty,” Rodaniche said.

She hopes the rally will help start a discussion of where to go and what to do moving forward in order to protect the rights of women.

“A grand majority of Americans are alarmed that legislation is rapidly moving forward across many states, including Pennsylvania, to withdraw the right to personal health and life decisions, including the right to abortion, “ Rodaniche said.

“This is not a partisan issue, it is a human right,” Rodaniche said.

There will also be an open mic time, where anyone can stand up to express their feelings and talk about their experiences.

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