“Ban Our Bodies” rallies draw abortion rights advocates who express anger, defiance and unity

“If it’s a fight they want, it’s a fight they’re going to have,” he said Rachel Carmonaexecutive director of the Women’s March.

Tens of thousands of protesters from coast to coast were expected to rally on Saturday after a leaked draft advisory first reported by Politics that at least five members of the Supreme Court are about to be overthrown Roe v. Wade and allow the states to decide the fate of reproductive rights.

The scheduled meetings, which will take place from Maine to Hawaii, follow Wednesday’s failed Senate vote to advance legislation called the Women’s Health Protection Act that would regulate the right to abortion at the federal level. Organizers included Planned Parenthood, NARAL and SEIU.

“The right to choose whether or not to have an abortion belongs to women, not elected politicians,” said Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) said on the Senate floor.

“If five unelected judges are allowed to decide the fate of millions of women… mark my words: it will be an open season, an open season, on our God-given freedoms in this great and grand country,” he added. the senior Democrat. †

Mayor of New York City Eric Adams joined the “Bans Off Our Bodies” protests in Brooklyn, telling a cheering crowd in front of Cadman Plaza: “We stand with everyone who fights to protect reproductive rights and against anti-choice extremists who try almost 50 years of precedent.”

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In the nation’s capital, the National Park Service approved a permit for up to 17,000 people to gather activists at the Washington Monument before marching to the Supreme Court, which is now surrounded by a security fence and guarded by Capitol Police.

Kristan Hawkinspresident of Students for Life of America, said her group is protesting abortion rights demonstrations in the US. roe to see his 50th birthday, so I think there’s a lot of excitement,” Hawkins said.

Polls show that most Americans want to maintain access to abortion — at least in the early stages of pregnancy — but the Supreme Court seemed poised to let states have the final say.

If that happens, about half of US states, most in the South and Midwest, will definitely or probably ban abortion. Thirteen states, including Louisiana, Texas, Utah and Wyoming, have “trigger laws” prohibiting abortion immediately after the overthrow of Roe v. Wade

There’s little Democrats can do, but hope the forthcoming ruling will boost voters in November’s midterm elections. The party occupying the Oval Office usually does poorly in such elections, but the abortion debate could at least negate Republicans’ advantage on economic issues such as inflation.

Carmona said the fighting will continue at polling stations, demonstrations and other locations, “until we fully restore our rights.”

“It’s no exaggeration to say that this will be a summer of rage for the women of this country,” she said.

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