Coast-to-coast rallies support abortion rights

Protesters rally coast to coast against an expected Supreme Court ruling that could wipe out women’s right to abortion

WASHINGTON — Protesters facing a Supreme Court decision that could overturn women’s right to abortion have planned coast-to-coast demonstrations on Saturday to express their outrage — and mobilize themselves for the battle ahead .

More than 380 events were planned from Maine to Hawaii, with the largest gatherings in major cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, organizers said.

In Washington DC, activists planned to gather at the Washington Monument before marching to the US Supreme Court, which is now surrounded by a security fence.

Tens of thousands of people were expected to attend the “Bans off our Bodies” events, an outlet for anger and frustration for abortion rights activists after a leaked Supreme Court draft ruling suggested Roe v. Wade be overturned.

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

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 last word.

If that happens, about half of the states, mostly in the South and Midwest, are expected to ban abortion soon.

The upcoming ruling will energize voters and potentially shape the upcoming midterm elections.

Saturday’s rallies were held three days after the US Senate failed to gather enough votes to codify Roe v. Wade. Sponsors included the Women’s March, Move On, Planned Parenthood, UltraViolet, MoveOn, SEIU and other organizations.

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

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

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