In the days following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs Wade, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Charles Booker hit the road for reproductive rallies across the Commonwealth.
The decision gives Booker, who has struggled to find his footing in the race against U.S. Sen. Rand Paul the possibility to raise national funding and perhaps expand the electorate in urban areas.
Booker’s trip around the state brought his message to Appalachia, connecting his theme of ‘from the hood to the holler.’
“What Friday’s ruling from the Supreme Court means is that access to quality healthcare in rural areas, especially Appalachia, is now even harder to access,” Booker said. “The ruling is an invasion of big government into our lives and is the strongest form of government overreach in modern history. We will not be silent about this. This is bigger than a party, this is about humanity. We will stand up and fight back because the people of Kentucky are worth fighting for.”
According to recent data from the Booker campaign, nearly 5,000 abortions were performed in Kentucky between April 2021 and April 2022.
Booker also attended several other community events over the weekend including a reproductive rights rally on Friday in Louisville, Lexington Pride, his kick-off event for the Booker Summer Jam series.