‘Roe’ falls, Lafayette voices rise
Lafayette rallies capture the competing anger, joy over Friday’s Supreme Court ruling. Where the local delegation sees Indiana abortion law heading. Plus, why a MatchBOX block party means so much
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Among the chants at a Friday evening rally outside the Tippecanoe County Courthouse – “No uterus? No vote.” “Abort the Supreme Court.” “We will not go back.” – Kaitlyn Morris was putting her own succinct commentary on a day when the high court overruled Roe v. Wade and a constitutional right that had stood since 1973 for a woman to get an abortion.
“This day is just bullshit,” Morris, who lives in West Lafayette, said. “I mean, how is this even happening?”
The rally – one an organizer said came together “in unity, in mourning and in shock” – drew more than 100 people carrying signs, angry over the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a Mississippi case the justices used to call out Roe as “egregiously wrong from the start.”