SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — More than 100 students at West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, walked out of class Thursday in support of abortion rights.
It comes after Senate Democrats forced a vote to advance a bill that would enshrine abortion rights into federal law.
The legislation failed in the Senate yesterday and now many fear losing their abortion rights.
Students have been concerned about leaked Supreme Court documents that potentially overturned Roe V. Wade. Students chanted, held up signs and rallied to make their voices heard on this controversial issue.
The school sent an email stating that the walkout was not a school-sanctioned event, but school officials wanted to give students the space to exercise their freedom of speech.
“Banning abortions isn’t going to take away abortions, it’s going to take away safe abortions,” said West High student Addie Eresuma.
Students at the event shared their concerns about the creation of women’s body laws, the effects an abortion ban would have on low-income women, and how the “trigger law from Utah could affect rape victims who are going through something personal and traumatic.
“The reason a woman gets pregnant should be their private issue,” said West High student Anna Young. “It shouldn’t be something the government has to sort of dissect.”
Students mentioned that the reason they organize events like this is to ensure they have a voice in issues that affect their future – they want to fight for it.
West High wasn’t the only school to plan a walkout on Thursday — more than 100 kids from Highland High School and East High School also walked out in support of abortion rights.