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SLC students hold walkouts in response to Roe v. Wade

May 12, 2022, 6:12 PM
East High School students took part in a walkout to protest the overturning of Roe V. Wade.
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East High School students took part in a walkout to protest the overturning of Roe V. Wade. Photo: Lindsay Aerts

SALT LAKE CITY — Three Salt Lake City high schools had class interrupted by student walkouts Thursday, most rallying in support of abortion rights.

This comes after Politico published a draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

The student walkouts

Walkouts took place at East, West and Highland high schools, with an estimated couple hundred students walking out at East High School.

Students at East High School could be heard chanting “Hands off our bodies,” as well as some students using megaphones to make the point that a woman should have access to safe abortions.

“The overturnment of Roe v. Wade has never been about the so-called, babies being killed,” said one East High School student. “It has always been about the control over women.”

Both sides of the debate

While most students were rallying in support of abortion rights, students from both sides of the debate were present at the walkouts.

One East High student called it a tragedy if babies don’t get to experience life.

“Why kill a baby, when you can just set it up for adoption,” said the student.

The walkout at East High School lasted about 20 minutes before most students filed back to class.

Devin Oldroyd contributed to this story

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SLC students hold walkouts in response to Roe v. Wade