Abortion rights: 3rd day of protests against Roe v. Wade planned in downtown LA

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A third day of demonstrations is planned in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday as outcry against the US Supreme Court decision passed under Roe v. Repeal Wade’s proposed federal abortion protections.

Groups The Feminist Front and Generation Ratify are calling on protesters to wear green at Sunday’s 1 p.m. rally at Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave.

The Feminist Front describes itself on Twitter as “young people uniting 15-35 year olds to fight the white supremacist patriarchy from the ground up.”

Generation Ratify bills itself as “the youth-led movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and advance gender equality in the United States.”

The rally follows two days of demonstrations following Friday’s 5-4 decision by the US Supreme Court, upsetting the Roe v. Wade from 1973.

On Saturday, two large demonstrations took place in Grand Park, attended by at least a few hundred people before noon, and another outside the federal courthouse on First Street, attended by hundreds more.

Another rally took place in front of the Federal Building in Westwood.

Similar demonstrations were held across the country and in other Southland communities, including Hollywood, West Hollywood, Long Beach, Fullerton, Irvine and parts of Riverside and San Diego counties.

As at previous rallies in downtown LA, Saturday’s participants held homemade signs with messages such as “Ban Guns, Not Abortions,” “Mind Your Own Uterus,” and “My Body, My Choice.”

Many said they just needed a place to be with like-minded people and vent their frustration – and disappointment.

“It gives people hope — hope in numbers,” Santa Monica resident Jessi Martinez, 22, told the Los Angeles Times Saturday.

Some of the downtown protesters poured onto nearby freeways on Saturday, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a series of tweets:

On Friday, hundreds of protesters rallied downtown in the hours after the Supreme Court announced its decision.

The demonstrations were largely peaceful, but some skirmishes were reported with Los Angeles police officers, prompting the department to call an unlawful assembly and issue a temporary city-wide tactical alert to clear the streets.
Two people were arrested and four officers injured in Friday’s demonstration, LAPD officials said.

Michael Ortiz, 30, was arrested for attempted murder and Juliana Bernado, 23, for resisting a senior officer.

Police said Ortiz hurled a makeshift flamethrower at a police officer who was being treated at a hospital for burns.

Bernado allegedly attempted to take an officer’s baton, prompting police to fire a 40mm less-lethal bullet at her before she was taken into custody.

“I condemn the violence against officers that took place last night (Friday) and up to this point (Saturday morning),” Police Chief Michel Moore said of the decision that they are acting more like criminals. The Department will vigorously pursue the prosecution of these individuals.”

The Police Protective League also issued a lengthy statement on Saturday condemning the actions of some in the crowd at Friday’s protests.

“As a society, it should be easy to condemn attacking police officers with makeshift blowtorches or throwing firecrackers, rocks and bottles at police officers under the guise of ‘protest’. But the silence of our so-called community leaders is deafening.” League officials said, “The kind of brute force displayed in Los Angeles and across the country by dangerous mobs bent on destruction has nothing to do with that of a woman to do right to choose. Rather, it is nothing more than disgusting opportunistic behavior by criminals hiding behind our First Amendment. LAPD officers are fed up with being violently attacked by criminals who use the First Amendment as a shield to target police officers. Our officials are fed up with the silence and inaction of our elected and department heads in attacks. It seems that some of these leaders have forgotten how to tweet, or they can’t seem to find a voice to condemn these attacks on our officers when it doesn’t fit their political narrative, align with their point of view, or ruffle feathers. Violence is violence and it must be dealt with decisively and order restored. We are urging LAPD leadership to put politics aside and focus on protecting our officers and law-abiding residents from criminals.”

Some on social media described the police response as “stubborn”.

Saturday’s protests are said to have been mostly peaceful and no further arrests were reported.

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Laura Coffey

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