Alabama Vote Sparks Westport Protest

More than 50 women — and men — gathered yesterday on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge.

Bearing signs ranging from simple (“My body, my choice”) and sharp (“Regulate your dick, not my pussy”) to caustic (“If you ban abortion before you ban military assault rifles that massacre children in schools, you have lost the right to call yourself ‘pro-life'”), they protested the passage in Alabama 2 days earlier of a far-reaching anti-abortion law.

(Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

The group included all 3 selectmen: Jim Marpe, Jen Tooker and Melissa Kane.

Also on the bridge: Firouz Saghri, 22 of Westport, and Hunter Rempe, 21 from Fairfield.

They were headed to happy hour when they saw the protest. They asked for paper and markers, made a sign — and stayed the entire time.

When co-organizer Darcy Hicks thanked them, Firouz said, “This is so much more important than happy hour. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the time.”

Hunter added, “Hey, we have moms and sisters and female friends. This is important!”

(Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

24 responses to “Alabama Vote Sparks Westport Protest

  1. Caryl Beatus

    PERFECT . .

  2. Mary Cookman Schmerker

    I really like the Sign that mentioned Assault Rifles. This week Santa Fe, Texas is marking the one year anniversary of the mass school shooting there. Local CBS has coverage tonight moderated by a friend of mine, Grace White. I’m not sure if it will be broadcast nationally at 7p.m. but if people have time they might want to check in. All those from Columbine, to Newton and Santa Fe and others had beating hearts also.

  3. Raymond F Skidgell

    Save the Ospreys! Kill the babies.

  4. Tom Feeley Sr

    The Catholic Church has always taught that life begins at conception, when a soul is infused, which is why they oppose abortion except in certain circumstances.
    Pro choice begs this question.

    • But not all of us are Catholic, or believe in its teachings. I think it is wrong for one religion to force its beliefs on others.

    • and when you see how federal funds are spent, you see that it isn’t so much pro life v pro choice, as it is pro life v pro abortion, unfortunately … once Roe V Wade is back to Supreme Court, (thanks to Alabama), it will hopefully become more Pro Life V Pro Choice in practice as well as in word (more money should be made available to assist women who choose abortion only because they can’t afford to raise their child Than to Abortion)

    • Peter Gambaccini

      Some of us left the Catholic Church for a long list of reasons, and we’re never going back, and we certainly are not going to have our behavior dictated by them. What makes you think they’re right, anyway? Are they scientists?

  5. Kudos to all three selectmen for showing up at the event and demonstrating that they, too, both support a woman’s right to control her destiny and think Alabama legislators are dangerously crazy.

  6. Susan Iseman

    Hmmm… take away women’s right to choose but not military assault weapons?

  7. Peter Blau

    Insofar as the poster you called “sharp” 11 words into the top of paragraph 2, I have another adjective to use with an adverb preceding it: “extraordinarily vulgar!”

    • Though nowhere near as vulgar as what is going on in Alabama these days.

      • Peter Blau

        And rhetoric like that on the sign will go as far to bridge the nation’s divide on abortion as did Trump’s “shithole countries” comment did to mend fences on immigration.

  8. Kelly Asbury

    “Hey, we have moms and sisters and female friends. This is important!” Yes… they got to be moms and sisters and female friends. Celebrate life.

  9. Andrea Cross

    While I support this protest wholeheartedly, I doubt it will change hearts and minds in Alabama.
    What might? A friend of mine suggested that if the football coach at the University of Alabama denounced this legislation folks there might listen. What if Nick Saban said he would not continue coaching in a state that didn’t support women’s reproductive rights?
    I have no idea what Coach Saban’s politics may be, but his Twitter address was easily found on the RollTide website:
    The team’s is

    Perhaps Coach Sagan has a daughter. Or maybe a member of his team had an unplanned fatherhood experience? There are many reasons this vote could have resonance with someone who works with youth.

    What if everyone who stood on the bridge sent a message to Coach Saban?
    How about everyone who is reading these comments?

    • Kelly Asbury

      So everyone in Alabama is waiting to see what Saban says. LISTEN TO YOURSELF? This is why Trump beat Hillary. Keep it up. There are many people in Alabama. Shame on you.

  10. Thomas Hood

    I support Roe v. Wade. No changes; no exceptions. Period! To try to overturn Roe v. Wade in even one state is an attempt to deny and diminish all of our freedoms. This a national attempt to overturn the freedom of choice for all women over the entire nation.

  11. Thomas Hood

    I support Roe v. Wade. No changes; no exceptions. Period! To try to overturn Roe v. Wade in even one state is an attempt to deny and diminish all of our freedoms. This a national attempt to overturn the freedom of choice for all women over the entire nation.

  12. David Cleveland

    Maybe you pro-abortion folks should read how a second trimester baby is dissected in the womb. Literally limb by limb.. The last part to be squeezed out is the brain matter. And one abortion doctor said when he was having a very bad day a little face came out and looked at him

    • Russell Gontar

      Second semester abortions are rare and are only done when the mother’s life is in danger or the fetus is not likely to survive birth.

      I’ll believe the “pro life” folks are pro life as soon as I see them working as hard to end the death penalty as they are working to impose their beliefs on women. In the meantime, consider changing the name of your movement to “pro birth”.

      • “Pro Birth,” indeed! The “Pro Lifers” only care about the child until it’s born. If they cared about the child, they would see that it was taken care of, loved, fed, sheltered, schooled. Once it’s born, they lose all interest in its welfare.

  13. Raymond F Skidgell

    How ironic that right below this article you have a young girl, a child. protecting Plover eggs. All of those aborted children would have been gladly welcomed into the home of people who are unable to have their own.

  14. Raymond F Skidgell

    Your question begs an answer. As a father of three daughters. One who chose to keep the child even though she was unmarried and we were mortified at the time. We helped her out we supported her we helped her through school. Both she and her child are medical professionals now. A true blessing! On the other hand one of my daughters chose abortion and to this day lives with regret and shame. No amount of therapy can bring that child back. But she knows that she will be reunited in the end. Choose family choose life! At my age I could go on and on with my experiences but most likely you would turn a deaf ear. Ignorance is bliss as they say.

  15. The following was taken from a news site and is a quote by Jim Carrey, referring to Ted Cruz.

    “Some greasy Joe McCarthy wanna-be who is shameless and will remain nameless was lecturing me in the press about morality and civility after spending years in the Senate defending the rights of mass murderers to own AR-15s with which they massacre innocent children in their classrooms. I thought I must be dreaming, but I haven’t woken up yet. I guess hypocrisy is the new American dream.”