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Pro-choice supporters protest in Yuma

Dozens of pro choice supporters came together in Yuma Tuesday night following last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The largely young and female group marched with many holding signs including ones that read “why does a gun have more rights than our bodies?” and “Reproductive rights are human rights.” They chanted including "MY BODY MY CHOICE!"

Aliah Quintero, 20, said she and others wanted to gather in Yuma after they saw similar gatherings in Phoenix and around the country.

“We are here to show we are not going to allow our state to ban our bodies, ban abortion or regulate what we can or can’t do,” Quintero said.

The group will continue to march in Yuma every night through Friday. Organizers will register people to vote.

Quintero said a health professional will speak on why abortions are essential healthcare. They have invited local pro-choice politicians to speak.

And the pro-choice group has a message for anti-choice politicians in Arizona, chanting "VOTE THEM OUT!"

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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