Morrisey went on to note that a bipartisan group of legislators asked for a review of the state's abortion laws.
A few people with anti-abortion messages on T-shirts and signs stood quietly and watched the rally from above.
Janet Messana, of Charleston, was 16 when she found out she was pregnant. Because that was in the days before Roe v. Wade made abortion legal, she had no choice but to get married, she said.
"I was forced into [marriage] practically," Messana said. "I just feel like a women's health care decisions should be between a woman's family, her faith and in consultation with her doctors."
Would she have made a different choice had abortion been legal at the time?
"That's a difficult question," she said. She loves her son, but she's spoken with him about it. He would like for his own daughters to have a choice, she said.
"It's scary because you don't know if you're going to be a good parent," she said, adding that she was fortunate to have help raising her son from her parents and in-laws. "I was fortunate that he turned out well."
Rev. Jim Lewis, the former priest of St. John's Episcopal Church, where the Women's Health Center was founded in the mid-1970s, gave the invocation at the rally.
"Now [the Women's Health Care Center] is under attack all these years later," Lewis said. "As long as my heart is beating, I'm going to be standing for that center and the people who do this work, this hard work."
Kevin Conner, 24, of Charleston, was among several men who participated in the rally.
"I support that [women] should have the freedom to decide for themselves," Conner, a student at West Virginia State University, said.
Conner likened the struggle for women's reproductive rights to that of blacks' fight for equality.
"History is repeating itself," Conner said. "I don't understand why this is happening again."
Betty Totten, of Ravenswood, attended the rally along with four other ladies representing the Jackson County Democratic Women.
"Basically we have to stop this man [Morrisey] from doing what he's trying to do," Totten said. "He has no concern for the welfare of women, he's only pushing an agenda."Reach Lori Kersey at lori.ker...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.