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Abortion rights protesters march onto Interstate 64 near downtown St. Louis Sunday

The protest started Sunday morning in Kiener Plaza and marched through the streets of downtown St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS — A group of abortion rights protesters marched onto Interstate 64 in downtown St. Louis Sunday.

Police said the group walked up a highway ramp to get on the interstate then walked back down. A police spokesperson said they were on the highway for about 20 or 30 minutes.

The protest started Sunday morning in Kiener Plaza and marched through the streets of downtown St. Louis.

One of the protest organizers, Isabella Diamond, said the Supreme Court's decision affects much more than just abortion.

"We are here, basically, to raise awareness to the fact that we currently have a radicalized Supreme Court," she said.

Before the protestors marched through downtown St. Louis and the chanting began, personal stories were shared on the grounds of Kiener Plaza.

"Abortion saved my life. I always wanted to be a mother, I never wanted it to be that way," one speaker said.

While most of the signs held centered around the overturn of Roe v. Wade, Diamond said, they're fighting for much more.

"They're coming for our voting rights. They're coming for native sovereignty. They're coming for gay rights. It's a huge issue and I think that people need to understand the gravity of it," she said.

Diamond described the decision as 'heartbreaking' knowing it could be a domino effect.

"It's really difficult to see just a lot of people carrying on just their day to day lives, kind of choosing to ignore it, because there will be a time where you can't ignore it anymore," she said..

For Coalition Life Executive Director, Brian Westbrook, the past two weeks have basically been business as usual.

"We really didn't miss a beat and so we continue to serve clients the way we always have," he said.

The non-profit's mission is to end abortion in St. Louis and it serves about 700 clients per year. 

Westbrook said this decision just means their work continues.

"It's really important that we continue to focus on helping those specific women, they're going to need more help than they ever had before and we're ready to do that, along with the other 75 pregnancy centers in Missouri," he said.

Westbrook said at the end of the day, his non-profit's goal is to not have abortion 'illegal,' but instead, 'unthinkable.'

Abortion rights activists shared that this is the time when the community needs to come together and talk about how you can positively affect the people in your lives.

The Supreme Court last month stripped away the nation's constitutional protections for abortion that had stood for nearly a half-century. The decision by the court's conservative majority overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling and has led to abortion bans in some states, including Missouri.

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