Abortion rights advocates took to the streets across the United States Saturday to voice their anger at the possibility of the Supreme Court revoking abortion rights.
Shout “My body, my choice” roared as activists committed to fighting for what they called reproductive freedom.
The crowd’s anger was sparked by the leaking of a draft opinion indicating that the court, which has a majority of conservative judges, will decide to overturn a landmark decision in the Roe vs. Wade case. Activists demonstrated to voice outrage and mobilize for a future when the Republican-dominated state will tighten restrictions.
In the US capital, Washington DC, thousands of people gathered in a drizzle at the Washington Monument for several speeches before marching to the Supreme Court, which is now surrounded by two layers of security fence.
A handful of anti-abortion protesters voiced the opposite message. Jonathan Darnel, anti-abortion activist, shouted into the microphone, “Abortion is not a health service, because pregnancy is not a disease.”
From Pittsburgh to Pasadena, California, and Nashville, Tennessee, to Lubbock, Texas, tens of thousands of people took part in the event “Bans off our Bodies” or “Don’t ban our bodies.”
Polls show most Americans want to maintain access to abortion — at least in the early stages of pregnancy. However, the Supreme Court is likely to let the states decide that. If that happens, about half of the US, mostly in the South and Midwest, is expected to ban abortions. [vm/ft]