Abortion activists lined State Street Saturday morning in support of Mississippi's only abortion clinic. It's part of a larger national movement to uphold women's pro-choice rights.
"Abortion rights across the country are in a state of emergency. We're on an Abortion Rights Freedom Ride. 15 states, one month long. We've been going to the states with only one clinic left in them, states where restrictions have been passed, states where abortion providers have been murdered," said Sunsara Taylor who is the initiator and leader of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride.
Dozens of protesters toted signs and shouted their message that abortion should remain legal.
The clinic sued the state in 2012 over a law requiring every OB-GYN to have hospital admitting privileges. The federal judge allowed the law to take effect but blocked the state from penalizing the clinic while they are seeking the privileges.
But the clinic owners says those requests have been denied because many of the doctors are from out-of-state. A federal judge has now set trial date is set for next spring.
"I already hear those stories of women trying to abort on their own and that's where we're at in Mississippi. Where women already can't access a clinic and with no clinic it'll only get worse," said protestor Laurie Roberts.
There were emotional testimonies from patients of the clinic hoping to let others know they shouldn't be ashamed.
Organizers read a letter of support from actor Mark Ruffalo who thanked supporters for their attendance and said in part, "I am a man. I could say this has nothing to do with me. Except I have two daughters and I have a mother who was forced to illegally have an abortion in her state where abortion was illegal when she was a very young woman."