People gathered over abortion rights Monday in Swampscott, the latest in a wave of demonstrations in Massachusetts and across the country since the U.S. Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade Friday.
"We were in shock. We were in mourning Friday night," one protester said. "Now it's Monday morning. Let's get to work by striking."
People on both sides of the issue continue to mobilize to have their voices heard in Massachusetts -- where a woman's right to an abortion is still legal. The advocates in Swampscott joined a growing call on social media for people all across the country to be part of a national strike in support of abortion and privacy rights.
The Swampscott community gathered at the World War II memorial for about an hour starting at 10 a.m. Monday as part of the movement. The demonstration was organized by a local activist and mother.
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Several local leaders were invited to attend the event, which took place in the hometown of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. The Republican governor signed an executive order Friday protecting access to reproductive health care services in the state.
Organizers asked women in every sector to take any time they could on Monday to be part of the strike in opposition to Friday's Supreme Court ruling.