Rallies this Weekend Aim to Protest Recent Anti-Abortion Legislation

Oct. 1, 2021, 6 a.m. ·

Nebraska Capitol
Nebraska Capitol (Photo by Fred Knapp, Nebraska Public Media News)

Two rallies are planned in two of Nebraska's largest cities this weekend to protest recent anti-abortion legislation across the U.S. One will take place at the State Capitol in Lincoln Saturday, Oct. 2. Another rally is planned for the same day at the Omaha City Hall.

Marches are scheduled for Saturday across the country in response to recent anti-abortion legislation and the United States Supreme Court's response.

In Lincoln, organizers will start meeting at noon on the north steps of the Capitol and march along the sidewalk of the building. Speakers are scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

"We're advocating and coming together for a world where abortion isn't just legal; it's accessible, affordable and destigmatized," organizer Hannah Wroblewski said.

The rally in Omaha will be put on by Women's March Omaha. Other organizations participating include: I Be Black Girl, United State of Women, Women's Fund of Omaha, Planned Parenthood of North Central States and ACLU of Nebraska.

Brandi Bothe, co-chair of the Omaha Women's Day March, said people are invited to join their Rally for Reproductive Rights at 3 p.m. outside of the Omaha City Hall. Bothe said it's important to voice opposition now to any potential legislation that could mirror a new strict abortion law in Texas.

"In Nebraska, particularly, we have some lawmakers in place who have openly come out and said that they are watching with pleasure and they would love to institute those same kind of restrictions in Nebraska, and that's just not something we can tolerate," Boothe said.

Both marches created Facebook events for more parking and event details. Organizers of both rallies are encouraging all attendees to wear face masks.