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Yuma community speaks out about abortion rights

13 On Your Side's Arlette Yousif speaks with locals about overturning Roe V. Wade

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA/KECY) - Since Friday's Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe V. Wade, the country has been at odds, with protests in several states including Arizona.

Protests continue as people on both sides of the ruling want to be heard.

Right here at home, one local says this is the constitution at work.

“Abortion is not banned, you can still do it. You can go to California. It’s up to the states, that’s the way the constitution was written. There was never a constitutional right that you can get an abortion. If you’ve read the constitution, it’s not in there,” says Yuma local Oscar Galvan.

Another local is for the ruling.

“I do think it’s a good thing. I do believe that life begins at conception,” explains Yuma local Sally Henry.

But others say women should have the right to choose no matter what.

“I think that it’s good, someone has a choice to their body and it’s their own decision and I agree with that,” says Yuma local Frida Simantel.

“Being pro-choice does not mean that you have to perform an abortion, you know, be for an abortion. It’s your choice, you know, and I understand that it’s something that-- it’s a very difficult choice, but it should be there for many medical reasons,” explains Brian De La Hoya.

In Yuma County alone there are already two protests planned this week in the Yuma area.

Governor Doug Ducey says Arizona could be one of the most restrictive states when it comes to abortions. Meanwhile, California Governor Gavin Newsom pledges to make the golden state a safe haven for abortions.

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Arlette Yousif

Arlette Yousif joined KYMA in November 2020 as a Multi Media Journalist. She holds a BA in Journalism with a minor in Film.

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