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Thousands of people across the United States protest against the threat to the right to abortion

News outlets across the country are reporting protests that erupted over the leak of the Supreme Court opinion that threatens Roe vs. Wade. “Rage”, “fury” and “fear” are typical terms reported to describe how protesters feel about the threat to abortion rights.

The Washington Post: With fear and fury, thousands across the United States are mobilizing for abortion rights

Lisa Branscomb marched past the Supreme Court on Saturday among dozens of abortion rights protesters and tried to hold back tears. All day she heard stories of women choosing abortions and saw others holding signs proudly declaring they had it too. She had listened to the crowd chant: “My body! My choice!” (Silverman, Swenson, Asbury and Elwood, 5/14)

The Boston Globe: “I can’t contain my rage.” Abortion rights activists rally in Boston and across the country

Thousands of abortion rights activists gathered and marched through the streets of downtown Boston on Saturday to protest the leaked Supreme Court draft decision that would strike down the constitutional right to abortion established there has nearly 50 years in the historic Roe v. Wade case. The protests on Boston Common and Copley Square coincided with nationwide demonstrations for abortion rights, including a protest in Washington, D.C., where thousands of people listened to speeches at the Washington Monument and then marched past the Supreme Court. In speeches and chants of the slogan “Bans Off Our Bodies,” protesters on Boston Common expressed their fury at the prospect of the Supreme Court overthrowing Roe. (Crimaldi and Stoico, 5/14)

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio Abortion Rights Advocates Support Roe V. Wade Outside Statehouse

Organizers handed out signs reading “Ban our bodies” and “Stand with Black women,” while handmade signs in the crowd carried more scathing messages, such as “If you take away my reproductive choice, can I delete yours? with a hand-drawn image of a pair of scissors, and “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d be (expletive) a senator.” “I want Mike DeWine to understand, or I hope Nan Whaley, if elected, but I want the Ohio Legislature to understand that we need access to safe abortion,” said Christina Pusecker , 48, of Cedarville. “The first rally I attended was in Washington, DC, in April 1992, when the Supreme Court ruled on the Casey case.” (Hanks, 05/14)

Chicago Tribune: ‘I hope people are as scared as I am’: Thousands rally and demonstrate in Chicago in support of abortion rights

Carly Mostar started marching for abortion rights almost 20 years ago and although she said she would continue to show up when needed, she finds it hard to believe that it is still necessary to show up. fight to give a woman a choice. Mostar was one of nearly 1,000 people representing many different communities who gathered at Union Park in West Town on Saturday morning in the glorious sunshine to support the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. (Ahmad and Casanova, 5/14)

Kansas City Star: Hundreds attend abortion rights rally at Plaza in KC

M’Vyonne Payne was 11 weeks pregnant when she collapsed on her bathroom floor and was rushed to a Kansas City hospital in 2018. She was bleeding inside and lost until to a liter of blood. Doctors told her she had had an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus. Pregnancies are not viable and can threaten a woman’s life. Payne spoke to more than 300 people gathered in Mill Creek Park on Saturday at an abortion rights rally. “Bans Off Our Bodies” was organized by the Reale Justice Network and many other organizations. It was the latest protest in the Kansas City area in the weeks after Politico published a draft Supreme Court opinion quashing Roe v. Wade. Rallies were held Saturday in several cities across the country. (Torres, 5/15)

Salt Lake Tribune: Abortion rights rally draws about 2,500 people to Utah Capitol, including women who fought for Roe V. Wade decades ago

It has been more than 49 years since the United States Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, who established a constitutional right to abortion. But decades later, the women who fought for that decision are still crying out to be heard. And they’re afraid what the Supreme Court’s recently leaked draft opinion, which showed a majority of the court voted privately to overturn Roe, will mean for the future of women’s rights in the United States. . “I remember when the decision was made for birth control, not to mention abortion,” said Beverly Cooper, who was 26 when Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. “And so I lived at a time, and I never imagined that I would be living in a time like this. I never thought that would be my future. (Miller, 5/14)

Star-Tribune: Protesters demonstrate in favor of abortion rights in Wyoming

Between Veteran’s Park and Healing Park on Conwell, a crowd filled the sidewalk. They were protesting the recently leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion on Saturday, which shows the justices appear poised to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer. About 200 abortion rights protesters – children, parents, grandparents, students and friends – clutched cardboard signs and billboards with slogans such as ‘I walked for this ago 50 years”, “Stop the madness” and “Whose next rights will be?” As they walked, they chanted “My body, my choice”. When they arrived at Conwell Street, they chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, the patriarchy must go.” (Shimizu Harris Casper, 5/15)

San Francisco Chronicle: Pro-Choice Marchers Take to SF Market Street, Demand Abortion Protections

The protest was the largest women’s rights-focused march in San Francisco this year, drawing around 10,000 people, said Sophia Andary, co-chair and executive director of the Women’s March of San Francisco, which co-sponsored the event. event. Participants came from across the Bay Area and were united in their desire to shape the national conversation on reproductive health care and related issues. The right to have an abortion “shouldn’t even be a form of law in government,” Andary told The Chronicle. “It’s about women’s autonomy and (people’s) right to choose. We need people to stay engaged and walking, but more importantly we need people to go beyond that. (Picon, 05/14)

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