Washington — Thousands of marchers gathered in the capital and across the country on Saturday to show that they upheld the right to abortion about two weeks after the draft Supreme Court opinion overturning the Roe v. Wade case was leaked.
A crowd of protesters gathered near the Washington Monument wore shirts that read “ban our bodies” and “keep abortion safe and legal” before marching to the Supreme Court. I did. They vowed to fight to protect their right to abortion, even if some admitted that Roe was most likely to capsize.
Colleen Lanceford, 42, a lawyer from Arlington, Virginia, brought her five-year-old daughter, Aura. She pointed to her daughter and she said she participated in her march for “her future and autonomy.”
“I’m scared,” said Landsford. “We did our best to elect the Democratic President and the House of Representatives and the Senate, and this is still happening.”
Rachel O’, Managing Director of Women’s March, a non-profit organization that helped organize events and other protests to support women’s rights, with more than 450 marches nationwide scheduled for Saturday. Leary Carmona said. Organizers planned a national march for the right to abortion before the draft opinion was leaked, but after the opinion was announced, they quickly followed the event. O’Leary Carmona said he hopes the event will allow demonstrators to “build civil and electoral power.”
“People are mobilizing because they know the time is slower than we expected,” she said.
The march took place after this month’s publication Draft opinionThis showed that the Supreme Court appeared ready to overturn Roe, a groundbreaking decision in 1973 that guaranteed the right to abortion. The court ruling is not scheduled until June or early July.
In the midterm elections a few months later, President Biden and Democrats in Parliament want to use this issue to invigorate voters.Democratic Senator Failed to proceed with legislation on Wednesday To guarantee the right to abortion nationwide in the face of opposition from the Republican Party and one Democrat, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III.
In Washington, Elizabeth Moser, 34, a communications specialist in Burke, Virginia, said she hopes the march will invigorate voters and politicians.
She had planned to vote in the mid-term, but now takes people to vote and sends text messages to friends to encourage them to attend other rallies that support the right to abortion. Said that he was considering.
“I’m trying to make a movement here,” said Moser, who wore a red bandana and carried a sign that said, “I’m not going back quietly in the 1950s.”
In Brooklyn, thousands of abortionists gathered at Cadman Plaza Park and marched to Foley Square in Lower Manhattan. Volunteers provided snacks and signs with phrases like “standing with a black woman.”
For some, protesting the draft opinion was not just about protecting the right to abortion.
Lillian Penafiel, 35, and his wife, Emi Penafiel, 44, were worried about what the decision meant for marriage equality, LGBTQ rights, and voting rights.
“They have made it very clear that what is written specifically threatens our rights, which makes us nervous,” said Emi Penafiel. “They are coming after all of it.”
Madeleinego Reported from Washington, and Lola Fadulu From New York.