ANDOVER, Kan. (KAKE) – Students at Andover High School staged a strike and abortion rights rally at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, they say it’s in light of the recent attacks on Roe v. Wade, and dozens of students from all grades joined in even in the heat and humidity.
They may be young, but their voices rang out loud as they walked with a megaphone in their hands.
“I believe we are the future. And we can make a lot of changes,” said Andover High School junior Alexis Brown.
Dozens of Andover High students gathered with signs reading ‘My body, my choice’ and ‘Good men don’t fear equality’, on the sidewalk directly in front of the school in a sign of protest.
“We did a walkout at 1:30 from school and then we marched here to demonstrate against abortion rights,” said Megan, another Andover High junior.
Megan and Alexis Brown helped organize the protest.
They say it is part of a larger movement taking place across the country to raise awareness of people’s rights to reproductive health care.
“We were just kind of inspired to continue the advocacy, especially at school,” Brown said.
The students made posters and wristbands on Wednesday in preparation for the protest, publicizing their mission.
The two girls say they are happy with the turnout and also urge all young Kansans to register to vote and vote no on August 2, when a constitutional amendment restricting abortion in the state will be voted on.
“We want to make sure people have the choice and the safety to do so. America prohibiting abortions prohibits safe abortions, people will continue to do so,” Megan said.
“I was very, like I felt helpless and like, kind of betrayed by my government, but like, now I feel empowered to really step in and do something and bring about the change that I want to see,” said Brown said.
The principal of Andover High School also sent a statement to parents this week about the protest. He says in it that the school recognizes students’ constitutional rights to participate, but that he and the school do not endorse or promote this or any other protest.
Students could also be subject to disciplinary action for unjustified absences if they left class in the middle of the day.