ROCKLAND — People marched through downtown Rockland in the Oct. 2 Women’s March in support of reproductive rights, in step with marches and rallies taking place throughout the United States.

Danielle Jacoby of Warren organized the Oct. 2 Women’s March in Rockland and many responded to the call. Photo by Susan Mustapich

Danielle Jacoby of Warren organized the march after looking for a event to join in the area, and finding out the closest was on North Haven.

Jacoby wanted to do something people could access. Her parents live in Rockland, and her son and husband came to the march with her. She entered the event on the national Women’s March website, inviting others  to “come march in solidarity with all women and humans to defend our reproductive rights.”

State Representative Vicki Doudera, right, joined the Oct. 2 Women’s March in Rockland, as did State Representative Valli Geiger (not pictured). Photo by Susan Mustapich

State Representative Vicki Doudera, who spoke at Chapman Park to the group gathered there, also had searched for the nearest march to join and was happy to find one closer than she had anticipated.  State Representative Valli Geiger attended, along with other local elected officials. Others at the march, including Pam Maus of the grassroots group Midcoast Women, appreciated Dipola’s effort in organizing and leading Rockland’s participation in the nationwide event.

Doudera, who spoke before the march began, believes “reproductive health care decisions should be left to medical professionals and their patients.”

She was proud to be “part of an energized coalition of movement leaders and grassroots organizers to send the Supreme Court and lawmakers across the country a clear, unified message — the attack on our reproductive rights will not be tolerated!”

Doudera spoke about the “extreme six-week abortion ban” which has left women in Texas without access to abortion and a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi, which is a “direct attack on the landmark decision that legalized abortion nationwide.”

She called 2021 “the worst year for state attacks on abortion in decades — despite the fact that more Americans than ever support legal abortion and reproductive freedom.”

Doudera cautioned people not to think these restrictions happen only in other states, and reminded them about the importance of elections. Six bills seeking to limit abortion rights went through the last session of the Maine Legislature and “were soundly defeated.” The bills were defeated because State legislators saw them as “part of a national attack on reproductive health care,” she said.

Photo by Susan Mustapich

People made their own signs with their own messages for the Women’s March through Rockland Oct. 2. Photo by Susan Mustapich

Photo by Susan Mustapich

The national Women’s March organized an Oct. 2 rally in Washington, D.C. and in all 50 states, after the Supreme Court rejected an emergency request to block Texas’s abortion ban and “took the next step towards overturning Roe v. Wade,” according to the organization’s website.

The significance of the Oct. 2 date is to send a strong message of opposition on restricting abortion access and overturning Roe v. Wade, according to Women’s March. The U.S. Supreme Court begins its term each year on the first Monday of October, which this year is Oct. 4.