Amanda Carravallah stands outside her home in Livonia with two of her homemade yard signs that have prompted complaints and legal action, with critics calling the pro-abortion signs offensive.

Viral abortion rights signs in Livonia spark debate over freedom of expression | Pro Club Bd

The US Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade was devastating for Livonia resident Amanda Carravallah. When the decision was made on June 24, she and her husband ventured into downtown Detroit to protest.

But she felt making a mark and taking part in a demonstration wasn’t enough.

“I had a sign and it was in my house for two days,” Carravallah said. “I just thought, ‘What am I going to do with this? It’s not enough to just walk around downtown.’ So I painted the sign in lighter colors and put it in my garden.”

This abortion rights sign and others have prompted online harassment and legal action against them. Most of her characters contain explicit language or references to female genitalia and are intended to be flashy and provocative. But whether people find them offensive or not, Carravallah says it’s her right to display them.

She’s not planning to back down any time soon.

“If there are women in this country who don’t have reproductive freedom, my marks remain,” she said.

A question of freedom of speech

Amanda Carravallah stands outside her home in Livonia with two of her homemade yard signs that have prompted complaints and legal action, with critics calling the pro-abortion signs offensive.

Carravallah recalls that Livonia police arrived at her home within 90 minutes of her sign being put up in response to a disturbance of the peace by one of her neighbors. Carravallah had different signs painted and music playing in her garden when officers arrived.

Local police returned twice over the next 24 hours. In total, neighbors contacted the police five times in three days.

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