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Abortion rights backers rally in anger over post-Roe future


Supporters of abortion rights took to the streets across America on Saturday to clarify their anger on the prospect that the Supreme Court will soon strike down the constitutional right to abortion. Cries of “My body, my alternative” rang out as activists committed to fighting for what they called reproductive freedom.

Incensed after a leaked draft opinion suggested the conservative majority on the court would vote to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, activists rallied to precise their outrage and mobilize for the long run as Republican-led states are poised to enact tighter restrictions.

Within the nation’s capital, 1000’s gathered in drizzly weather on the Washington Monument to take heed to fiery speeches before marching to the Supreme Court, which is now surrounded by two layers of security fences.

The mood was one in every of anger and defiance.

“I am unable to consider that at my age, I’m still having to protest over this,” said Samantha Rivers, a 64-year-old federal government worker who’s preparing for a state-by-state battle over abortion rights.

Caitlin Loehr, 34, of Washington, wore a black T-shirt with a picture of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s “dissent” collar on it and a necklace that spelled out “vote.”

“I believe that girls must have the appropriate to decide on what to do with their bodies and their lives. And I do not think banning abortion will stop abortion. It just makes it unsafe and may cost a girl her life,” Loehr said.

A half-dozen anti-abortion demonstrators sent out a countering message, with Jonathan Darnel shouting right into a microphone, “Abortion just isn’t health care, folks, because pregnancy just isn’t an illness.”

From Pittsburgh to Pasadena, California, and Nashville, Tennessee, to Lubbock, Texas, tens of 1000’s participated in “Bans off our Bodies” events. Organizers expected that among the many a whole bunch of events, the biggest would happen in Chicago, Latest York, Los Angeles and other big cities.

“If it is a fight they need, it is a fight they’ll get,” Rachel Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March, said before the march.

Polls show that the majority Americans need to preserve access to abortion — at the least in the sooner stages of pregnancy — however the Supreme Court seemed to be poised to let the states have the ultimate say. If that happens, roughly half of states, mostly within the South and Midwest, are expected to quickly ban abortion.

The battle was personal for some protesters.

Teisha Kimmons, who traveled 80 miles to attend the Chicago rally, said she fears for girls in states which are able to ban abortion. She said she may not be alive today if she had not had a legal abortion when she was 15.

“I used to be already beginning to self-harm and I might have somewhat died than have a baby,” said Kimmons, a massage therapist from Rockford, Illinois.

At that rally, speaker after speaker told the group that if abortion is banned that the rights of immigrants, minorities and others may also be “gutted,” as Amy Eshleman, wife of Chicago Mayor Lori lightfoot put it.

“This has never been nearly abortion. It’s about control,” Eshleman told the group of 1000’s. “My marriage is on the menu and we cannot and is not going to let that occur,” she added.

In Latest York, 1000’s of individuals gathered in Brooklyn’s courthouse plaza before a march across the Brooklyn Bridge to lower Manhattan where one other rally was planned.

“We’re here for the ladies who cannot be here, and for the women who’re too young to know what’s ahead for them,” Angela Hamlet, 60, of Manhattan, said to the backdrop of booming music.

Robin Seidon, who traveled from Montclair, Latest Jersey, for the rally, said the nation was a spot abortion rights supporters have long feared.

“They have been nibbling at the perimeters, and it was all the time a matter of time before they thought they’d enough power on the Supreme court, which they’ve now,” said Seidon, 65.

The upcoming high court ruling in a case from Mississippi stands to energise voters, potentially shaping the upcoming midterm elections.

In Texas, which has a strict law banning many abortions, the challenger to one in every of the last anti-abortion Democrats in Congress marched in San Antonio.

Jessica Cisneros joined demonstrators just days before early voting begins in her primary runoff against U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar. The race could possibly be one in every of the primary tests over whether the court leak will galvanize voters.

In Chicago, Kjirsten Nyquist, a nurse toting daughters ages 1 and three, agreed in regards to the must vote. “As much as federal elections, voting in every small election matters just as much,” she said.

Saturday’s rallies come three days after the Senate didn’t muster enough votes to codify Roe v. Wade. Sponsors included the Women’s March, Move On, Planned Parenthood, UltraViolet, MoveOn, SEIU and other organizations.

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