BOISE, Idaho — Days after the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade, community members in Boise took to the Capitol building to hold a rally of prayer, worship and celebration of the historic decision.
Members from both pro-choice and pro-life groups showed up to the event. Boise Police and Idaho State Police troopers were on scene throughout the evening. The rally, organized by Stanton Healthcare, brought out an estimated couple hundred people.
Two people were arrested at the event — one person was arrested for battery on a officer and the other for disturbing the peace, according to ISP.
Stanton Healthcare officials say the rally is an opportunity to act as a model on how to support women in a post-Roe America.
"We are just unbelievable thrilled that we are at this moment we think it is an incredibly good decision by the Supreme Court so we are out here to celebrate that," Stanton Healthcare CEO Brandi Swindell said. "We are out here to have a prayerful presence. Not to gloat or be proudful (sic) but to rejoice and be thankful and to really represent Idahoans that are thankful Roe has been overturned."
With Roe v. Wade overturned, Idaho's trigger law, will go into effect on July 24, banning abortions in the state of Idaho. Little has since called on people to "come together like never before to support women and teens facing unexpected or unwanted pregnancies."
"And to the women who walk through our doors this is not a political issue. We are not a fake clinic. It is not a fake issue that they are going through and they want to access our services and they should have a choice to do that," Swindell said.
Pro-choice advocates gathered at Cherie Buckner-Webb Park in downtown Boise Saturday to protest the Supreme Court's decision on Roe v. Wade.