WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — Protesters facing a Supreme Court ruling that could overturn the constitutional right to abortion, rallied from coast to coast on Saturday to express their displeasure — and to mobilize for further battles. for.
Organizers said more than 380 events were held from Maine to Hawaii, with the largest gatherings expected in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and other large cities.
In the nation’s capital, activists plan to gather at the Washington Monument, which is now surrounded by a security fence, before marching up to the Supreme Court.
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After a leaked draft Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade would be overturned, with thousands expected in subsequent “ban from our bodies” programs providing an outlet for anger and frustration for abortion rights activists.
“If it’s a fight they want, it’s a fight they’ll get,” said Women’s March executive director Rachel Carmona.
Polls show that most Americans want to preserve access to abortion — at least in the early stages of pregnancy — but the Supreme Court is set for the states to finalize.
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If that happens, nearly half of the states, mostly in the South and Midwest, are expected to ban abortions immediately.
The upcoming ruling stands to energize voters, potentially shaping the upcoming midterm elections.
Saturday’s rallies were being held three days after the Senate failed to garner enough votes to codify Roe v. Wade. Sponsors included Women’s March, Move On, Planned Parenthood, UltraViolet, MoveOn, SEIU and other organizations.
Carmona said that until we can fully restore our rights, the fighting will continue at polling places, demonstrations and other places.
“It is no exaggeration to say that for the women of this country, it will be a heat of rage,” she said.