See the moment when group of protestors gets aggressive at NOW rally

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“I mean, I think that things got a little bit tense because people, people feel very strongly about how they feel right. And I think sometimes we get very caught up in our feelings Froemming said.

WILMINGTON (DE) BY GEORGE SHEA, PHOTOJOURNALIST: If you didn’t notice on Saturday October 2, 2021, there was something big going on all across the country. It was a national day of unity to fight back in an attempt to end to the dangerous, escalating attacks on reproductive rights and freedoms. All done by WOMEN! That’s right, millions of women and their supporters marched and rallied all across America.

In Delaware, hundreds marched and rallied in Seaford and in Wilmington at Rodney Square. These sister rallies were organized by the Delaware Chapter of the National Organization for Women (Delaware NOW), Women’s March Sussex – Delaware, Planned Parenthood of Delaware, and the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, with the support of Pro Choice With Heart – Delaware. They are part of a national day of action which features more than 600 events in all fifty states and Washington D.C.

Photo by George Shea, Delaware Newsline | Hundreds attend rallies organized by the National Organization For Women throughout Delaware in support of abortion rights and access to services on Saturday October 2, 2021.

But as the Delaware NOW chapter was getting things underway, they were met with an unexpected group of counter protestors and most of them remained peaceful and kept their distance on N. King Street on the sidewalk that surrounds Rodney Square.

“I just had a lovely conversation with one of the protesters who we talked about our shared, you know, values, and that we want to be respectful and that sometimes things get heated.,” Said Melissa Froemming, president of the Delaware chapter of NOW.

Froemming continued…”And I felt like overall, most people were I felt like I saw a lot of people who disagreed who respectfully disagree. And I want to focus on those people actually think maybe you can correct me if I’m wrong, but I saw mostly people being very respectful in the way that they were protesting. So there were a couple of wildcards just like there always are.”

Photo by George Shea, Delaware Newsline | Hundreds attend rallies organized by the National Organization For Women throughout Delaware in support of abortion rights and access to services on Saturday October 2, 2021.

One protester who would not identify herself, said, “All Lives Matter, including the unborn. For the unborn we are their voices, they need a voice. So we’re here to Stand for life.”

“Abortion is murder. Our position is abortion is murder of children.,” Said Trish Horn, who was protesting on N. King Street in front of Rodney Square. “Have an open mind, because there are many organizations that support children of women and men who do not want to raise those children themselves, other options to murdering their unborn children.”

As pro-abortion rights attendees chanted “Pro Choice united, United defeated” some protesters grew aggressive. Delaware Newsline staff at the event saw some protestors pushing and shoving pro-abortion rights attendees with signs or using their hips to push others. Some were even verbally aggressive.

Photo by George Shea, Delaware Newsline | Hundreds attend rallies organized by the National Organization For Women throughout Delaware in support of abortion rights and access to services on Saturday October 2, 2021.

At one point police nearby rushed to the scene on the square and tried to contain the situation.

As Coby Owens, vice Chairman of the Wilmington NAACP, was attempting to calm the situation and separate the aggressive protestors, police moved in to try to control the situation. One protestor was seen being physically removed and escorted away by a police officer. It’s not known if the man was arrested or just removed from the area.

“I mean, I think that things got a little bit tense because people, people feel very strongly about how they feel right. And I think sometimes we get very caught up in our feelings Froemming said.

“It’s like, you go into a kid’s classroom. You got a couple of those kids you just there, they got to go to the timeout chair, you know, there’s always a few, but I didn’t feel like that was I didn’t feel like the counter. The answers were, were being unruly as it was just a couple couple that needed to timeout chair. Next time, I’ll have one,” she laughed.

Nationwide, more than 110 organizations have joined forces to take part in the #RallyforAbortionJustice organized by Women’s March to show that Americans overwhelmingly back Roe v. Wade. Rallies were held nationwide throughout the day on Saturday, October 2nd, in advance of the Supreme Court returning to session this coming Monday, Oct. 4th, when they will begin to hear cases with tremendous implications for the future of abortion access in the United States.

George Shea is a Delaware Newsline Digital Broadcast Journalist and has an emphasis on crime and social justice. Contact him at gshea@delawarenewsline.com. Follow him on Twitter @denewsline. Follow Delaware Newsline on Facebook for the latest breaking news stories.

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