The organization “Don’t Go Silently” organizes a rally in front of the Capitol

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The message was very clear on Saturday afternoon. On August 2, organizers of the “Don’t Go Silently” rally say they hope people will vote no.

“There are people who cannot speak. So for years I have made it my business to be the voice of the voiceless,” said President Lin Marando.

Marando has cystic fibrosis and has been in and out of hospitals all her life. She had an abortion four years ago and says if she hadn’t had it, she would have died because of her condition.

“What’s amazing is that the people who come up to me afterwards and thank me and tell me that, they now have a voice because I had a voice,” Marando said. “That’s why we’re doing this, for the ripple effect. There are people you pass every day who have had life-saving abortions, and that’s why we’re doing it.

Organizer Kurstin Gaudet says the protest ensures their voices are heard.

“It’s really important and it’s important for health care, that’s why I did it,” Gaudet said. “I didn’t expect it to be so big. I just thought it would be like me and 12 friends and here I am and it got 4,000 people interested. We have a bunch of people watching live and people coming in from all over.

After people told their stories and signed a large poster, protesters marched around the Capitol. They say they will not go in silence.

“Get out and vote, tell your friends to vote,” Gaudet said. “Even if you’re on the fence about this and even if you’re on the fence about abortion, you can still vote no because that also impacts all these different people that we’ve been talking about today. “

13 News contacted the organization Value Them Both for comment, but did not hear back.

There will be two more rallies on August 1. Rally in Olathe will begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue until 6 p.m. (Intersection of 135th (Santa Fe) and Mur-Len) Rally in Lenexa will begin at 8 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. (public sidewalks on 87th Street near Lackman Road)

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