‘My Body My Choice’: Thousands Demonstrate Abortion Rights by US

Thousands of activists sang, drummed and waved placards across the streets of the United States on Saturday during a national day of action calling for safe and legal access to abortion.

The mass demonstrations were in response to a leaked draft opinion showing that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority is about to overthrow Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 ruling that guarantees access to abortion nationwide.

Thousands of people gathered in a central plaza in Brooklyn, New York, to carry a giant pink banner that read, “Our bodies. Our future. Our abortions.”

“We will keep fighting until we win,” Schumer told AFP. “America is on our side.”

“There are so many young people, so many mothers riding their babies, so many people with their husbands or boyfriends, so many men — so many different kinds of people are supporting this cause,” she told AFP.

“There are a lot of people who have very traditional values ​​and are afraid of women who can make choices about their own bodies,” Easter said as a group of protesters poured into Manhattan.

– ‘Unlike our founding’ –

“This is a group of people in this country that is working to dismantle 60 years of civil rights and civil liberties in the United States of America,” Linda Sarsour, a prominent political activist, told AFP in New York.

“What we want you to know is that you can do your thing — and still give people access to safe, affordable women’s reproductive rights.”

Democrats have pushed to codify abortion rights into federal law, attempting to pin Republicans on the divisive issue ahead of the polls.

But Republicans and a Democrat in the US Senate abandoned the effort to advance the measure earlier this week.

Rosenbaum called the Supreme Court “too politicized and far too partisan,” Rosenbaum said that “in a country like America, which fought for individual rights, restricting legal access to abortion “seems contrary to our founding”.

– ‘Women want choices’ –

Republican-controlled states have taken steps in recent months to restrict abortion rights, and undoing Roe v. Wade would give them more freedom to restrict or ban the procedure.

The largely peaceful protests have drawn Republican criticism of court members’ privacy rights, but activists have responded by pointing to years of, often violent, protests outside abortion clinics and at the homes of doctors who provide the medical procedure.

“It’s really important to take a stand here and really say to the people who make these decisions that women want choices and they want the freedom to have that choice,” said Viesha Floyd, 32.

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Originally published as ‘My Body, My Choice’: Thousands protest by US for abortion rights

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