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Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb on protests in Cleveland following the Roe v. Wade ruling: 'I ask that you continue to protest peacefully'

Mayor Bibb released a statement Sunday ahead of more planned protests

CLEVELAND — Cleveland had their third straight day of planned protests following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb has a message for those who planned on protesting today and in the future. 

A statement was released Sunday morning by Mayor Bibb. 

The City of Cleveland continues to support our citizens’ First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceful, lawful demonstration. Over the last two days, there have been multiple demonstrations in and around downtown Cleveland, with more scheduled for today. 

I understand and feel the anger caused by the overturning of Roe v. Wade. This is a ruthless attack on women and their reproductive rights and an insult to our predecessors who fought so hard to protect these rights.

I ask that you continue to protest peacefully. We cannot let actions of frustration minimize the fight for our freedoms.

As mayor, I want to reassure you that I am determined to mobilize every resource and legal mechanism within my power to protect women's safety, health, and right to choose.

The Cleveland Division of Police has detailed personnel and resources to each of the demonstrations in order to ensure that participants and members of the general public remain safe. At this time, there have been no arrests associated with the activity.

Please stay safe. 

The statement came as Cleveland has seen protests across the city over the past two days. The protests began Friday, June 24, when the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion, which was previously a legal precedent set for nearly 50 years. 

On Sunday, abortion-rights protestors took to the streets of Cleveland once again with a protest planned that took place at 3 p.m. at Public Square. 

Stick with 3News for coverage of Roe v. Wade protests.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News on June 24, 2022, when anti-abortion activists in Cleveland celebrated the Supreme Court's ruling. 


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