Gallatin and Park County Women's March 2019

A group of young women lead the 2019 Gallatin and Park County Women’s March in this Chronicle file photo.

Two marches are scheduled for Saturday morning in downtown Bozeman: the women’s issues-focused Women’s March and the anti-abortion March for Life.

The Women’s March begins at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Babcock at 9:45 a.m., and will march down Eighth Avenue sidewalks, meeting at Montana State University to listen to several speakers. The March for Life begins at 9 a.m. at the Gallatin County Courthouse on the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue. Those marchers will go down Main Street’s sidewalks, turn around at Rouse Avenue and return to the courthouse.

“The March for Life is basically a peaceful protest where people come together to support women and their unborn children. We’re also protesting abortion and the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court decision,” said Cecilia Delaney Druffner, president of Students for Life at MSU, one of the groups organizing the march.

Roe V. Wade is a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.

The March for Life will feature speeches from Republican governor hopefuls U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte and state Sen. Al Olszewski, as well as introductions from Druffner and a speech from an MSU nursing graduate.

“Anyone is welcome,” said Druffner. “It’s not a religious event, and it’s not a political event ... It’s a bioethical event.”

The Women’s March will feature speeches from Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cora Neuman and Marci McClean, the director of Indigenous advocacy group Western Native Voice. The march will be led down Eighth Avenue by local all-women drumline Chicks with Stix.

“It’s going to be a lot of people from Gallatin, Park and Madison counties marching in unison to lift up the voices of women, families and children,” said Elizabeth Marum, chair of the Gallatin County Democrats.

In addition to Neuman and McClean, the Women’s March will include speeches from students and activists about climate justice, missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, and the need for a living wage, said Marum.

“All are invited and welcome to join us,” she said, “Because women’s issues are people’s issues.”

Melissa Loveridge can be reached at mloveridge@dailychronicle.com or at (406) 582-2651.

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