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Roe v. Wade ruling could bring Brevard youth off political sidelines into the 2022 polls


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Ella Barrial hasn’t spent a lot of time thinking about politics. She’s never been to a rally before, she said.

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade is what finally got the 17-year-old Rockledge High School student off the couch and into the streets.

“I think it was the fact that it, like, personally affected me and my friends, and also the women in my life, anyone with a uterus,” said Barrial, who stood among the crowd of abortion-rights protestors, chanting and waving signs Sunday at the west end of the Eau Gallie Causeway.

“I was just like, this is not okay.”

Like Barrial, many of the young people who spoke to FLORIDA TODAY Sunday said it was their first time being politically active. Others say they are seeing friends, ones who have never before shown an interest in politics, talk about what they can do to get involved. Supreme Court Decision: Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, eliminating constitutional right to abortion The fall of Roe v. Wade: Five questions about abortion access in […]

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