Thousands of abortion advocates rallied across the country on Saturday to express their anger at the possible overturning of the US Supreme Court Roe v. calf.
The demonstrations come in response to the leak of a draft majority opinion, now upheld by Chief Justice John Roberts, indicating the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. calf.
Reuters reported that organizers of the mass demonstration say these rallies mark the beginning of a possible “summer of wrath” if the Supreme Court pushes the repeal Roe.
The Bans Off Our Bodies gatherings were planned by Planned Parenthood, Women’s March and other abortion organizations. The groups organized more than 400 protests for Saturday.
If roe is lifted, several states are expected to introduce additional restrictions on abortion, while others are expected to significantly expand access to abortion. A repeal of roe would not result in a federal abortion ban. However, it would allow each state to determine its own legislative approach to the matter.
On Saturday there were large gatherings in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, DC and more. There were also accompanying counter-protests led by pro-life groups.
During the protests in Washington, DC, protesters gathered around the Washington Monument on the National Mall, where they waved placards with messages condemning the Supreme Court and expressing their solidarity with the abortion movement.
In downtown Brooklyn, thousands of pro-choice advocates crossed the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan.
Elizabeth Holtzman, an 80-year-old protester who represented New York in Congress from 1973 to 1981, said the leaked majority opinion “treats women as objects rather than full human beings.”
In Los Angeles, outside Los Angeles City Hall, Malcolm DeCesare, a 34-year-old intensive care unit nurse, said the lives of women seeking alternatives could be endangered if abortion is made illegal.
More than 400 people gathered in a small park outside the state capital at a pro-abortion protest in Atlanta, Georgia, while a much smaller group of counter-protesters demonstrated peacefully on a nearby sidewalk.
A 23-year-old counter-protester held a sign that read, “Stop child sacrifice.”
This counter-protester said, “Jesus only had a small group, but his message was more powerful. I hope to plant some seeds in their hearts to change their minds.”
Despite the sizeable protests, recent polls point to a coup roe will benefit Republicans in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/pro-abortion-protestors-pledge-summer-of-rage-during-nationwide-saturday-protests Abortion advocates promise a “summer of anger” at nationwide Saturday protests.