Students at UNH held a demonstration Wednesday in observance of International Women’s Day.
A group of about 30 University of New Hampshire students gathered outside to hold a silent vigil for the estimated 47,000 people around the world that die every year because of unsafe abortions. That number comes from a World Health Organization estimate.
Rachel Sabol, a senior at UNH who attended the vigil, said the event was about showing solidarity for women everywhere.
“A part of that solidarity is standing up for the rights that we’re afforded because we’re privileged or because we have access to reproductive healthcare," said Sabol. "But women around the world don’t necessarily have those things.”
Many of the attendees also condemned President Donald Trump’s executive order reinstating the so-called Mexico City Policy, which prevents federal dollars from going to foreign aid organizations that provide abortions.