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Binghamton protesters rally for abortion rights: ‘I’m angry, I’m horrified, but I’m not surprised’

Abortion rights supporters hold a rally in downtown Binghamton.
Abortion rights supporters hold a rally in downtown Binghamton.

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BINGHAMTON, NY - More than 50 protesters rallied in downtown Binghamton Tuesday in support of abortion rights. This comes after a leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Dr. Amy Cousins is an abortion provider and said she’s old enough to remember when abortion was illegal. 

“And I know how bad it was,” Cousins said. “And I look at it, because of talking to the other doctors who were there at the time, and how terrible it was for them to have to take care of all of the complications and the deaths and the misery. And I do not want that to happen again, if there's anything I can do to prevent that.” 

New York codified into state law the rights granted in Roe v. Wade. Protesters said that needs to be done on the federal level by Congress. 

Susan Seibold-Simpson is executive director of Southern Tier Women's Health Services. She said it’s important for people to understand how common and safe abortion is. And she said it’s sad that health care for women has been politicized. 

“Women all across the nation now will have to travel farther,” Seibold-Simpson said. “They're going to have to find housing, in order to get to where they need to go. And it's going to really change the face of what happens around pregnancy and having pregnancies continue in a situation where it could have been prevented."

Seibold-Simpson said while she’s angry, she’s not surprised by the Supreme Court’s draft opinion. A final decision is expected late June or early July.