Abortion-rights supporters rallied Saturday at the Boone County Courthouse in downtown Columbia, before marching down Broadway.
They were protesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling that overturned Roe versus Wade, and the “Columbia Missourian” says about 300 people participated. One of the demonstrators was Chimene Schwach, who’s seeking to replace term-limited State Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) in Jefferson City.
“And pretty much all day yesterday and even today while I was out knocking on doors people were all talking about how angry they are, how upset they are, how they can’t believe this really happened,” Schwach tells reporter Hannah Falcon at our news partner ABC-17.
Schwach describes the court’s decision as a “gut punch to women across the country.” State Rep. David Tyson Smith (D-Columbia) also spoke at Saturday’s rally.
GOP Governor Mike Parson and Republican lawmakers see it differently: they say the Supreme Court ruling protects innocent life.
Meantime, a state senator who’s seeking the GOP nomination for west-central Missouri’s fourth congressional district is praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling. State Sen. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) describes the decision as monumental.
“In Missouri back in 1857 the Dred Scott case where it denied a human constitutional rights. It happened in Missouri and fast forward 165 years and today we’re going to solidify in law that life and constitutional rights begin at conception right here in the state of Missouri,” Brattin says.
Brattin, who’s received Missouri Right to Life’s exclusive endorsement in the race, says more than 60-million children have been aborted since 1973.
U.S. Rep. Cori Bush (D-St. Louis), who serves on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and civil liberties, describes the court’s decision as “racist, sexist and classist.” Bush says abortion care is health care.
State Senator Brattin is critical of the congresswoman’s comments.
“It’s just absolutely appalling to think protecting life is racist now in America. It and just shows how out of touch and how radical she (Congresswoman Bush) is,” Brattin tells 939 the Eagle.
Brattin says he’s praying that the court’s decision is the start of “the restoration of our country to one that values life, respects the Constitution, and above all else, honors God.”