May 14 reproductive rights actions: reports from the field

May 19, 2022

Detroit

Over 1,000 people attended the rally.


Vermont

Some 600 people rallied in Montpelier Vermont at the Bans Off Our Bodies reproductive rights event sponsored by the Planed Parenthood Action Fund, ACLU, the Pride Center of Vermont, Central Vermont DSA, and others. Organizers called for support for Proposal 5, an amendment to the state’s constitution, passed by the legislature, that would guarantee access to abortion, contraceptives and other reproductive care that will be on the ballot in November. Senator Sanders headlined the speakers.

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