March for Life Comes to Chattanooga as Roe v. Wade Turns 49
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Today is the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade when the Supreme Court legalized abortion. March for Lifes have been taking place all over the country and Chattanooga had one of its own, taking off from Coolidge Park. Hundreds of pro-life people took to Chattanooga carrying signs to rally against legalized abortion.
“It’s awesome to be here today to empower women to choose life and to walk alongside them. This walk doesn’t just represent a protest. It’s more a sign that we are walking with both women and children because both lives matter,” says Cara Hicks who is the executive director of The Momentum Network.
Tennessee legislation passed the heartbeat bill in 2020 which would ban abortions once a heartbeat is detected. That bill was later struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals. One Chattanoogan says abortion needs to stay legal for the amount of women who simply can’t afford to have a family.
“I think a lot of it has to do with poverty. I think that just knowing that three quarters of people who do obtain abortions are considered low income. Cost is the reason I only have one child. When she was very young we were in a financial bind and daycare costs hundreds and hundreds a month and we couldn’t afford to have two children in daycare,” says Kacy Laine who is part of the Moms for Social Justice group in Chattanooga.
It’s a choice she says no one sets out to make. “Nobody sets out to have an abortion. Nobody wakes up one day and says you know what, it’s going to be my goal to have an abortion,” says Laine.
The Momentum Network is a Chattanooga nonprofit that exists to address these concerns, offering resources for women who find themselves pregnant.
“To have the awareness that the resources are out there and available and each person who is walking today isn’t walking in protest necessarily. They’re walking in solidarity to show that women can choose life and they can be successful and they’re not gonna walk alone,” says Hicks.