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Hundreds rally for reproductive rights in downtown Eugene

Woman holds up sign that reads: my body, choice, rights inside a female symbol.
Rachael McDonald
Hundreds gathered at the Eugene Federal Courthouse Tuesday.

Several hundred people gathered for a hastily organized rally to protest the potential reversal of Roe V Wade Tuesday afternoon at the Eugene Federal Building.

"I just want to come out and show up for women’s rights and to just tell the legislators that this is a really important issue and if we don’t stand up for where it counts while we’re still free, maybe we won’t get the chance to,” UO student Sofia Ocker said.

Rachael McDonald
Protesters chanted and held up signs as cars passed. Many honked their horns in support of the rally.

“It’s kind of heartbreaking that it’s come to this point again,” Cheryl Warren of Eugene told KLCC. Her friend Jenny Foster added, “we were in our 20s when Roe V Wade became law. And now that’s been three generations who assumed that that was settled law. And so it’s really distressing that we have a supreme court that doesn’t believe in precedent anymore.”

Later, a large crowd marched through the downtown streets chanting.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.