Up to 400 rally for abortion rights

Organizers estimate from 200 to 400 people attended a “Bans Off Our Bodies in North Kitsap, Rally for Reproductive Rights” Saturday afternoon.

Participants gathered at the west end of Agate Pass Bridge on Highway 305 at the intersection around the Clearwater Casino.

Participants brought their own signs or extras brought by organizers that said things like: “Bans Off Our Bodies,” “Trust Women, Protect Choice,” “You can’t have my rights, I’m still using them,” and “Keep Abortion Safe and Legal.”

Participants rallied against the U.S. Supreme Court reportedly overturning Roe v. Wade.

One of the organizers, Carollyn Zimmers, said it was part of the national call to action “Bans Off Our Bodies” by a coalition with the Womens March, Planned Parenthood and Pro-Choice WA. North Kitsap Indivisible and Indivisible Bainbridge Island put the rally together. Peace Keepers from Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action volunteered to do crowd control and de-escalation if needed.

The Suquamish Tribe and Clearwater Casino allowed us to have our rally there. “Everything was peaceful and joyous,” Zimmers said..

She added: “The major goal was to create community around the belief that abortion care is good health care. People are fearful and angry that the Supreme Court will overturned Rowe v. Wade and put women’s bodies and freedom at risk. We wanted to show our elected officials that their constituents will not go quietly into the night but will fight this overreach of power at rallies and at the ballot box.”

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-District 6, and his opponent, Rebecca Parson, visited with the protesters.