The BGSU College Democrats teamed up with BGSU FORGE and ProChoice Ohio to host a reproductive rights education program Thursday on campus.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, there has been an ongoing debate in and out of court about state bans. Ohio currently has a law that prohibits most abortions.

But, A Cincinnati district judge struck down the law, at least two more weeks. Bowling Green State University’s College Democrats teamed up with BGSU FORGE and ProChoice Ohio to host a reproductive rights education program on campus Thursday.

Some of the participants of the event do not have the opportunity to have children. Ben Thomason is one of them, and he said being part of the program is about solidarity.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” Thomason said. “If we stand up for these issues, we can help lift up people who are struggling, and they will be stronger and better off.”

Thomas, a student at BGSU, is part of the Socialist Society student organization. He said his club mates are for equality for all.

College Democrats Vice President Emily Jerome and Treasurer Elise Adrian said they distributed flyers a week before the event and are hoping for a good turnout.

“We’re not really focused on the numbers,” Jerome said. “We are definitely focused on the message. We just want to get the word out, and we see a lot of people saying, “We’re pro-choice, this is what we stand for.” We know it will also attract more people.”

The event was standing room only. Participants included students and community members, as well as people of all ages, races, and genders. That turnout excited the event’s speaker, ProChoice Ohio Senior Organizer Hannah Servedio.

“I’ve been in different places over the last week and the turnout and the amount of people wanting to have this conversation, especially in light of the upcoming election, is incredible,” Servedio said.

She said she wants to make sure everyone understands what is legal and what isn’t when it comes to state abortion bans, as well as the importance of discussing the issue and where people can get help if needed.

“There are nine clinics in the state of Ohio,” Servedio said. “There’s one in Toledo. Abortion is legal in Ohio up to 22 weeks. That’s 21 weeks and 6 days after your last period. You can get help if you need it.”

Before the presentation, the Student Democrats had a group of tables in the Student Union atrium where passers-by could sign up for voter registration, a few items to choose from and a place to make posters. The community program offered free help and products for women’s health.

Adrian said the College Democrats are looking for more vocal supporters. She also reminded people to vote in the November 8 general election.

In addition to the presentation, it was followed by a march in support of the elections. The event participants and several others marched across campus holding placards and expressing their views on abortion and the ban.

Ohio’s abortion ban has been temporarily suspended until October 12.

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