“Bans Off Our Bodies” Rallies Draw Abortion-Rights Supporters Expressing Anger, Defiance, and Unity

“If it’s a fight they want, it’s a fight they’ll get,” said Rachel CarmonaExecutive Director of Women’s March.

Tens of thousands of coast-to-coast protesters are expected to mobilize on Saturday after leaked draft comments were first reported by Politico that at least five members of the Supreme Court are ready to overthrow Roe v. Wade and allow states to decide the fate of reproductive rights.

The planned protests, which began from Maine to Hawaii, followed a failed Senate vote on Wednesday to push ahead with legislation, known as the Women’s Health Protection Act, that would legislate the right to break pregnancy at the federal level. Organizers include Planned Parenthood, NARAL and SEIU among others.

“The choice to have an abortion or not rest with women, not elected politicians,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) said on the Senate floor.

“If five unelected judges are allowed to decide the fates of millions of women…then mark my words: It will be a season of openings, seasons of openings, of God-given freedoms. bestowed upon us in this great and great country,” the senior Democrat added.

Mayor of New York City Eric Adams participated in the “Bans Off Our Bodies” protests in Brooklyn and told a cheering crowd in front of Cadman Plaza, “We stand with everyone who fights for reproductive rights and against extremists. The anti-choice advocate is trying to erase almost 50 years of precedent.”

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In the nation’s capital, the National Parks Administration approved permits for up to 17,000 people to rally activists at the Washington Monument before marching to the Supreme Court, now surrounded by rows of red flags. Security fencing and guarded by the Capitol Police.

Kristan HawkinsPresident of Students for Life of America, said her group is protesting abortion rights protests across the US “We don’t want to Roe 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 appears poised to let states have the final say.

If that happens, about half of US states, mostly in the South and Midwest, will definitely or likely ban abortion. 13 states, including Louisiana, Texas, Utah and Wyoming, have “trigger laws” banning abortions immediately after the subversion Roe v. Wade.

There is little Democrats can do but hope the upcoming ruling will energize voters in the November midterm elections. The party occupying the Oval Office tends to underperform in elections like this one. Even so, the abortion debate could at least offset the Republicans’ advantage on economic issues like inflation.

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

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that for the women of this country, it’s going to be a hectic summer,” she said.

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