Louder Than The Fireworks


On July 4, 2022, dozens of Louisville protesters join Kayla Jaiden and the Party for Social Liberation’s (PSL Louisville) planned protest for reproductive rights near Baxter Avenue. Photo by Erica Fields

I recently attended a pro-choice protest against the overturning of the Roe v. Wade court case. Jane Roe v. Henry Wade was a court case in 1973, in which a pregnant Jane Roe challenged Texas’ criminal abortion laws. The landmark decision made by the U.S. supreme court is most famously known for its precedent on abortions in the United States. It was ruled that those with the ability to become pregnant were granted the right to choose to have an abortion.
This decision caused an argument on whether abortions should be legal. The opposing sides, self-named “pro-choice” and “pro-life” have had rigorous discourse since this court case. In the light of recent news, a new fire has been sparked into this disagreement.
Protesters were scattered across Bardstown. A group of protestors led by The Party of Socialism and Liberation began at 972 Baxter Avenue and continued on several blocks. Many of the protesters had gone with the larger group but a few dozen were still going strong on that corner. Upon seeing the smaller crowd, I immediately jumped out of my car and joined them in their chanting despite having planned to join in on the other protest. They immediately drew me in with the amount of energy you could feel coursing through the remainder of the crowd. The protesters were of various ages, races, and genders and were all very passionate about their cause.
I attended the pro-choice protest for about half an hour to take photos and talk to the protesters about why they were protesting, who they were, and how they were affected by the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

On July 4, 2022, Protesters display a wide variety of signs. Messages include “war on women,” “abortion is healthcare,” and “abort the court.” Photo by Erica Fields
“This doesn’t only affect women, but it affects other people in the LGBT community. It’s something worth fighting for.” -Lexi, 16
Photo by Erica Fields
Protesters chant phrases such as “stand up, fight back”, and “my body, my choice” in call and response on opposite ends of Highland Avenue on July 4, 2022. Photo by Erica Fields
“This is something our grandmothers fought for and it’s something we shouldn’t have to save here today.” -Holland, 20                                     Photo by Erica Fields
“If I were to become pregnant it’d be deadly to me. My living children are more important to me than a possible fetus.”
Photo by Erica Fields
A young child and mother join in on a rally for reproductive rights, sporting body paint with the message “keep your laws off my body” on July 4, 2022. Photo by Erica Fields
“I could die if I became pregnant.” -Courtney, 32                                       Photo by Erica Fields