About 30 Wilmingtonians gathered yesterday before downtown’s historic courthouse to demonstrate against what they say is anti-abortion legislation. Protestors rallied in the shadow of a giant, traveling billboard featuring North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. Those present challenged a statement the governor made last October stipulating he would not restrict access to abortion.
Women Organizing for Wilmington, or WOW, will stage its third weekly protest outside the downtown law office of State Senator Thom Goolsby on Monday at noon. The pink-bedecked grassroots group still intends to rally against recent legislature that would tighten restrictions on North Carolina abortion clinics. Goolsby, who has been absent from the previous protests, is urging protesters to learn more about what they’re fighting for.
"Not you, not the state! Let women decide their fate! Not you, not the state! Let women decide their fate!"
A motley assortment of retirees, marine biology students and children gathered yesterday at the St. James Plantation to help build wildlife-protective reefs along the waterway’s banks. St. James residents have worked on this project with UNCW’s Center for Marine Sciences since 2007. This year, the Boys and Girls Club of Southport joined in on the effort, too.
"How’s everybody doing? Do we need a little help?"
Protests outside the Wilmington law office of State Senator Thom Goolsby are going to continue – at least for the near-term. Last Monday, protestors rallied to contest the Republican senator’s support of abortion restrictions. After Thursday’s passage of Senate Bill 353, members of the group behind the protest--Women Organizing for Wilmington, or WOW—say they’re determined to demonstrate every Monday.