From protests to celebrations: Hawaii’s residents react to Supreme Court ruling

Many felt compelled to protest the overturning of Roe V Wade -- because of their own experiences:
Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 10:49 AM HST|Updated: Jun. 24, 2022 at 10:42 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The reaction was swift from people on both sides of the abortion debate.

Hawaii residents who support abortion rights called the Supreme Court decision Friday overturning Roe v. Wade “outrageous” and “backwards.” More than 200 people turned out for a demonstration along Ala Moana Boulevard in front of the Federal Building.

“Women should have the right to choose,” said one resident, Michelle.

She added she hopes women “band together here in Hawaii especially, and choose the right people to represent them.”

Honolulu resident Danika Kleiber added that the news Friday morning left her “devastated.”

“I know that abortion is a human right. It is one of the most important places for gender equality. And the land of the free,” she said. “It’s unconscionable that half of the population is now unable to access these basic rights and this basic health care.”

“Right there is my eleven year-old son. I had him when I was 16. I didn’t choose to have an abortion but I had that right,” said Honolulu resident Kayla Brown. “And I have had multiple abortions -- two since then. And I had my reasoning for them that I don’t need to defend.”

Carolyn Hadfield, of Refuse Facism Hawaii, called on supporters of abortion rights to take to the streets.

“We’re calling on people to protest wherever they are. We have to raise our voices. This is not a time for conciliation. It’s not a time for silence. It’s a time for resistance,” she said.

Meanwhile, anti-abortion activists said they were pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision.

“This is a huge victory for people in the pro life community. And actually, we believe it’s a victory for all women facing an unplanned pregnancy,” said Eva Andrade, of Family Forum.

“Obviously, the decisions of what’s going to happen legislatively goes back to the people. So, the people will have the power to decide that their state legislators what they would like their abortion law to look like.”

Diamond Garcia, vice chair of the Hawaii Republican Party, said the decision to overturn Roe is “wonderful.”

“Today, they simply said that the issue of abortion should be left up to the individual states to vote and make their own choices on that issue,” Garcia said.

“The fact is right now in America, you have people on both sides who are very passionate, who want abortion access and those who want to ban abortion completely. It is a controversial issue, and it won’t go away.”

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