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    Several hundred people joined in a pro-choice march in downtown Boulder on May 14, 2022. Event participants were marching in response to the recent leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority opinion that Roe v. Wade may be overturned, limiting the fundamental right of women today and future generations of women to make decisions about their own bodies, lives, and futures. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO-May 14:Several hundred people joined ...

    Several hundred people joined in a pro-choice march in downtown Boulder on May 14, 2022. Event participants were marching in response to the recent leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority opinion that Roe v. Wade may be overturned, limiting the fundamental right of women today and future generations of women to make decisions about their own bodies, lives, and futures. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO-May 14:Several hundred people joined ...

    Several hundred people joined in a pro-choice march in downtown Boulder on May 14, 2022. Event participants were marching in response to the recent leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority opinion that Roe v. Wade may be overturned, limiting the fundamental right of women today and future generations of women to make decisions about their own bodies, lives, and futures. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO-May 14: Protesters walk along ...

    Protesters walk along Broadway. Several hundred people joined in a pro-choice march in downtown Boulder on May 14, 2022. Event participants were marching in response to the recent leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority opinion that Roe v. Wade may be overturned, limiting the fundamental right of women today and future generations of women to make decisions about their own bodies, lives, and futures. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO-May 14: Dani Babinet spoke ...

    Dani Babinet spoke to the crowd during the rally. Several hundred people joined in a pro-choice march in downtown Boulder on May 14, 2022. Event participants were marching in response to the recent leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority opinion that Roe v. Wade may be overturned, limiting the fundamental right of women today and future generations of women to make decisions about their own bodies, lives, and futures. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • LONGMONT, CO-May 14: Dozens of people ...

    Dozens of people attended a rally in Longmont to support maintaining the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion on May 14, 2022. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO-May 14:Several hundred people joined ...

    Several hundred people joined in a pro-choice march in downtown Boulder on May 14, 2022. Event participants were marching in response to the recent leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority opinion that Roe v. Wade may be overturned, limiting the fundamental right of women today and future generations of women to make decisions about their own bodies, lives, and futures. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO-May 14:Protesters listen to speakers ...

    Protesters listen to speakers at the courthouse on the Pearl Street Mall. Several hundred people joined in a pro-choice march in downtown Boulder on May 14, 2022. Event participants were marching in response to the recent leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority opinion that Roe v. Wade may be overturned, limiting the fundamental right of women today and future generations of women to make decisions about their own bodies, lives, and futures. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • LONGMONT, CO-May 14: Dozens of people ...

    Dozens of people attended a rally in Longmont to support maintaining the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion on May 14, 2022. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO-May 14:An assortment of signs ...

    An assortment of signs could be seen during the rally and march. Several hundred people joined in a pro-choice march in downtown Boulder on May 14, 2022. Event participants were marching in response to the recent leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority opinion that Roe v. Wade may be overturned, limiting the fundamental right of women today and future generations of women to make decisions about their own bodies, lives, and futures. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO-May 14:Several hundred people joined ...

    Several hundred people joined in a pro-choice march in downtown Boulder on May 14, 2022. Event participants were marching in response to the recent leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority opinion that Roe v. Wade may be overturned, limiting the fundamental right of women today and future generations of women to make decisions about their own bodies, lives, and futures. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • LONGMONT, CO-May 14:This pregnant woman made ...

    This pregnant woman made a sign that would fit around her tummy. Dozens of people attended a rally in Longmont to support maintaining the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion on May 14, 2022. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO-May 14:Jodeen Olguin-Taylor, right, brought ...

    Jodeen Olguín-Tayler, right, brought Alejandro Olguín-Kim to the rally and march. Several hundred people joined in a pro-choice march in downtown Boulder on May 14, 2022. Event participants were marching in response to the recent leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority opinion that Roe v. Wade may be overturned, limiting the fundamental right of women today and future generations of women to make decisions about their own bodies, lives and futures. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO-May 14:Protesters walk along Broadway ...

    Protesters walk along Broadway and Canyon. Several hundred people joined in a pro-choice march in downtown Boulder on May 14, 2022. Event participants were marching in response to the recent leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority opinion that Roe v. Wade may be overturned, limiting the fundamental right of women today and future generations of women to make decisions about their own bodies, lives, and futures. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO-May 14:Protesters march down the ...

    Protesters march down the Pearl Street Mall. Several hundred people joined in a pro-choice march in downtown Boulder on May 14, 2022. Event participants were marching in response to the recent leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority opinion that Roe v. Wade may be overturned, limiting the fundamental right of women today and future generations of women to make decisions about their own bodies, lives, and futures. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • LONGMONT, CO-May 14: Dozens of people ...

    Dozens of people attended a rally along Main Street in Longmont to support maintaining the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion on May 14, 2022. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • LONGMONT, CO-May 14: Nancy Nevill-Dunn, left, ...

    Nancy Nevill-Dunn, left, and Jill Topper, cross Main Street with their message. Dozens of people attended a rally in Longmont to support maintaining the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion on May 14, 2022. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • LONGMONT, CO-May 14:A woman holds her ...

    A woman holds her sign up to traffic on Main Street. Dozens of people attended a rally in Longmont to support maintaining the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion on May 14, 2022. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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Editor’s note: The caption of a photo accompanying this story misspelled the names of Jodeen Olguín-Tayler and Alejandro Olguín-Kim.

The crowd of more than 2,000 spilled from the sidewalks of Pearl Street Mall and onto the streets of downtown Boulder on Saturday, pausing traffic as they chanted and waved signs.

“Seriously? My mom already marched for this,” one sign read.

“Abortion is health care” and, “We are not ovary-reacting” others stated.

BOULDER, CO-May 14:Jodeen Olguin-Taylor, right, brought ...
Jodeen Olguín-Tayler, right, brought Alejandro Olguín-Kim to the rally and march. Several hundred people joined in a pro-choice march in downtown Boulder on May 14, 2022. Event participants were marching in response to the recent leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority opinion that Roe v. Wade may be overturned, limiting the fundamental right of women today and future generations of women to make decisions about their own bodies, lives and futures. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

The peaceful YWCA Boulder County march brought people together to speak out for reproductive rights in the days since the Supreme Court’s drafted majority opinion that Roe. v. Wade may be overturned leaked and sparked protests across the nation.

Boulder police helped block vehicle traffic as protesters poured into the streets.

At Sixth Avenue and Main Street in Longmont, ralliers came together to spread the same message for a Longmont Leads with Love March for Reproductive Rights.

Colorado state law affirms the right to an abortion. The potential reversal of Roe v. Wade, though, has medical workers fearing the strain that could be posed on the system and reduction in care it would mean for some, the Denver Post wrote this month.

Before they marched in Boulder, the crowd gathered at the Boulder County Courthouse on Pearl Street. It was there that Julia Hunt recalled her grandmother’s bravery in the ’70s when she became an activist for the feminist movement. She asked those in the crowd to summon the courage of those who had come before them.

“I’m marching for my friends, my cousins, my sister and all the little girls out there right now,” Hunt said, “because our rights matter, and we will not back down.”

As the junior Fairview High School student spoke these words, the crowd around her erupted into cheers.

Hunt continued: “We are the future of this movement, and we are here today fighting to create a better future for ourselves and the generations of women who will come after us, just as our grandmothers fought to get Roe.”

LONGMONT, CO-May 14: Dozens of people ...
Dozens of people attended a rally in Longmont to support maintaining the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion on May 14, 2022. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

State Rep. Edie Hooton, D-Boulder, reiterated what she saw on many of the signs held by those in the Boulder crowd, that “Reproduction is a health care matter.”

“The fundamental issue here is that women are treated like public property,” Hooton said. “There is no religious doctrine, there is no constitution in this world that says that women are public property whose bodies can be legislated upon, but yet we operate on that assumption.”

Peter Genuardi dressed like the Statue of Liberty and held a sign that read, “Abortion = Liberty.” The Boulder resident said he joined the march Saturday for his 12-year-old daughter.

“I can’t fathom her growing up in a world, where someone forces her to have a pregnancy or a child against her will,” he said. “It’s about bodily autonomy.”

Over in Longmont, ralliers crowded along all sides of the intersection at Sixth Avenue and Main Street. Their efforts garnered apparent honks of support from drivers throughout the afternoon.

Jasmin Disney said she joined the movement Saturday because she wants her daughter, 15-year-old Kendra Disney, to have the same fundamental right that Jasmin has had — a fundamental right, she added, that the Supreme Court approved in 1973 with Roe v. Wade.

“This issue should have been settled already,” Jasmin Disney said. “We shouldn’t have to fight for what our mothers and grandmothers fought for already. It just feels like we are going backwards.”

Her daughter, and later Jasmin’s own mom, joined her in the rally.

“As the young generation, it’s our job to try and better the world for our kids and families,” Kendra Disney said.

LONGMONT, CO-May 14:This pregnant woman made ...
This pregnant woman made a sign that would fit around her tummy. Dozens of people attended a rally in Longmont to support maintaining the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion on May 14, 2022. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Protesters Josalyn and Brad Lamoureux, both of Longmont, are expecting a baby in June. Josalyn Lamoureux fashioned a sign around her pregnant belly that read, “None should be forced to do this.”

The couple said a pregnancy brings with it many challenges, and it should be something someone wants and doesn’t have to go through if they don’t want to.

Josalyn Lamoureux said the right for people to have autonomy over their own bodies was important to her long before she became pregnant.

Like so many who rallied Saturday, the couple shared how fighting for the future generations was a reason to be there.

“We are also having a little girl, so it’s important as she grows older that she has those freedoms,” Josalyn Lamoureux said.

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