Pro-choice march in the center
About 50 people came to City Park on Saturday for a march through downtown Kelowna in support of reproductive rights.
The demonstration showed solidarity with protests that took place in several cities after a leaked draft suggested the US Supreme Court overturn the landmark Roe V Wade ruling and scrap that country’s constitutional right to abortion.
Here in Canada, the Prime Minister has made it clear that his government will act to ensure that women have access to abortion no matter where they live in the country, and also ensure that no future government can take over right away.
“We need change in Canada because what we have is just legal abortion,” said Candace Banks, one of the organizers of the Kelowna march. “We don’t have access to abortion and we don’t have access to reproductive rights.”
She wants to pressure the current government to do more.
“I think with any government, this is the one that could listen,” Banks added.
“We have three years until our next election and the chance to get the Conservatives at that point could be a reality for us. We must teach our future governments that we will not stand for it. Today is the day we start, and we won’t stop until we get what we want.”
On Wednesday, the Liberal government announced it is giving $3.5 million for two projects to improve access to abortion services in Canada.
Among the participants in the rally were young and old, women and men. The messages on their boards included: “misogyny kills more people than abortion”, “abortion is health care” and “it’s a beautiful day to destroy patriarchy”.
The rally gained some support as it made its way up Bernard Avenue and into the courthouse.