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Abortion-rights protest spurred by Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs


An abortion rights protester participates in nationwide demonstrations following the leaked Supreme Court opinion suggesting the potential of overturning the Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, in Houston, Texas, May 14, 2022.

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People across america skipped work on Friday for a “Day Without Us” protest of the recent Supreme Court decision overturning the federal constitutional right to an abortion.

Organized by a gaggle of Black women leaders, national teach-ins are being held online starting at 11:30 a.m. ET, hosted by actress and singer Naturi Naughton, with in-person gatherings in cities including Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Latest York City, Chicago and Oakland, California.

The event coincides with the forty sixth anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal Medicaid funding for abortion services.

And it also comes days before the following Supreme Court term, which begins Monday.

Two of the organizers, Leslie Mac and Tiffany Flowers, said the concept for the event was sparked by their dismay on the ruling in June within the case often called Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

That call reversed the federal right to abortion that had been protected since 1973 by the court’s ruling within the case Roe v. Wade.

“I used to be on a text thread with other powerhouse Black women who were feeling really disenchanted in our leaders — devastated, hurt, confused and unsure of what was next,” said Flowers, campaign director for The Frontline, a progressive group.

“What could we do to satisfy the moment? Our motto is we do not agonize, we organize,” she said.

Flowers and Mac brought together partner groups including the Movement for Black Lives, Move On, the Women’s March, MomsRising Together, March for Our Lives and the Working Families Party.

Tracey Corder, who organized the partners for the event, said, “Day Without Us is for everyone — regardless of your identity — because we’re all inherently worthy of bodily autonomy.”

“Every attack on our economic, political and human rights is an attack on our collective freedom, and the autumn of Roe is one part of a bigger project of oppression,” Corder said.

Greater than 60% of Americans disapprove of the Dobbs ruling, based on a NBC News poll released earlier this month.

While reproductive rights is the main focus of the event, organizers say it is also being held to support progressive causes including climate change, access to housing and labor rights.

The event is for “everybody who’s sick and bored with being sick and drained!” the web site reads.

“That is an invite,” Flowers said. “Each online and at local pop-ups, this all-day event will function an area for people to attach with one another and to attach the dots about our shared struggles. The doors of the movement are wide open and reproductive justice is the pathway forward.”

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