Photo depicting three female-presenting individuals holding protest signs with messages protesting against laws against abortion.

PHOTO ESSAY: Seattle Joins Women’s March for Abortion Rights

by Maile Anderson


People gathered across the nation to rally for basic abortion rights and access on Saturday, Oct. 2. In Seattle, the local chapter of the Women’s March (a national group based in D.C.) held a rally at Westlake Park. The protest was a response to Texas’ recent law which bans abortion after six weeks and empowers citizens to sue those who seek out or facilitate an abortion. 

Though the rally was short, the message rang loud and clear: The attacks on abortion are constant, these attacks disproportionately impact BIPOC, working-class, and poor communities, and we must keep fighting back. 

Various signs read “Bans off our Bodies” and “We Will Not Go Silently Back to the ’50s!” Many of the signs were reminiscent of slogans from the first Women’s March in 2017, which was a nationwide protest against the election of the previous president. Some at Saturday’s rally have been protesting for abortion rights since the 1970s.

Photo depicting a group of female-presenting protestors carrying protest signs and wearing pink and lavender attire.
Seattle Women’s March Rally for Reproductive Rights. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
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Members of Seattle’s chapter of Raging Grannies, a nationwide group, sing songs for social and reproductive change. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
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Seattle Women’s March Rally for Reproductive Rights. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
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Speaker Alexis Oliver Turla emphasized how important it is for people to decide when they want to start a family. She praised Washington State’s laws protecting abortion but noted how much further the state could go to ensure access for all. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo depicting a protest sign with a white background and black text that reads "My Body, My Choice" and red hand prints smeared across it.
Seattle Women’s March Rally for Reproductive Rights. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo depicting a protest sign with a white background and black text that reads "Reason why women have abortion care" a colorful pie chart is below the text.
Seattle Women’s March Rally for Reproductive Rights. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo depicting Graciela Nunez speaking into a microphone at a podium, a banner that reads "Rally for Abortion Justice" hangs behind her.
Graciela Nuñez led the crowd in a heated chant “undocumented, unafraid.” She describes her activism as existing at the intersection of immigrant rights and reproductive rights and says she advocates for those “with lived experiences of abortion and the people who unapologetically make the best decisions for themselves and their lives.” (Photo: Maile Anderson)
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Seattle Women’s March Rally for Reproductive Rights. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
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Seattle Women’s March Rally for Reproductive Rights. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
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Speaker Madeline Brown shared their own experience with abortion. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
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Seattle Women’s March Rally for Reproductive Rights. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo depicting a protestor carrying a sign that reads "Defend a woman's right to choose abortion!"
Seattle Women’s March Rally for Reproductive Rights. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo depicting Nikkita Oliver speaking into a microphone at a podium, a banner reading "Rally for Abortion Justice" hangs behind them.
Nikkita Oliver, who is running for Seattle City Council Position 9, addresses the crowd and shares their own personal story. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
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Seattle Women’s March Rally for Reproductive Rights. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
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Diana as Superwoman. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
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The Hyde Act, if approved by Congress, would prohibit coverage for abortion in 34 states and Washington D.C. to those enrolled in Medicaid. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
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Seattle Women’s March Rally for Reproductive Rights. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo depicting a group of protestors carrying protest signs at the Rally for Reproductive Justice in Seattle
Seattle Women’s March Rally for Reproductive Rights. (Photo: Maile Anderson)

Maile Anderson has had the immense privilege to travel to amazing places with a camera beside her. She believes documenting the changing world, whether in the form of protests or other cultures, is important work that heightens awareness in this time of social justice. Follow her on IG: @tinypicturetaker.

📸 Featured Image: From left to right: protestors Helica, Sam, & Alyssa at Saturday’s rally. (Photo: Maile Anderson)

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