On Saturday, supporters of abortion rights marched across America to protest the possibility that the Supreme Court would soon stop allowing abortion. As activists fought for reproductive freedom, the cries of “My Body, My Choice” were heard.
Infuriated after an leaked draft opinionAs it was believed that the majority of conservatives on the court would vote against the Roe v. Wade landmark ruling, activists marched in protest and mobilized for the future Republican-led states are poised to enact tighter restrictions.
In Washington DC, hundreds gathered to hear passionate speeches and march to the Supreme Court.
It was a mood of defiance and anger.
Samantha Rivers is 64 years old and a federal worker who plans to wage a war against abortion rights state-by–state.
Caitlin Lehr (34), of Washington wore a T-shirt in black with an image on the collar of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “dissent”, and a necklace spelling out “vote.”
“I believe women have the right and obligation to decide what they do with their bodies, their lives. But banning abortion won’t end abortion. Loehr explained that banning abortion makes it more unsafe, and may even endanger a woman’s life.
Half-dozen protestors against abortion sent out countering messages, including Jonathan Darnel, shouting through a microphone: “Abortion IS NOT health care folks! Because pregnancy is not an disease!”
Tens of thousands attended “Bans off our Bodies,” events that took place in a variety of locations, including Pasadena (California), Nashville (Tennessee) and Lubbock (Texas). Organisers anticipated that the biggest event would be in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and other major cities.
Rachel Carmona (executive director of Women’s March) stated that if it’s a fight the women want, they’ll get it.
Polls show that most Americans want to preserve access to abortion — at least in the earlier stages of pregnancy — but the Supreme Court appeared to be poised to let the states have the final say. If this happens, about half the states in the South, Midwest and Midwest will ban abortion.
For some, the struggle was personal.
Teisha Kimmons traveled over 80 miles for the Chicago rally. She expressed concern about women living in states where abortion is banned. If she didn’t have a legal abortion as a teenager, she said that she may not be here today.
Kimmons, Rockford massage therapist, stated that “I had already started to self-harm” and that she would prefer death than having a baby.
The rally was attended by many speakers who stated that if abortion is outlawed, the rights of minorities and immigrants will be violated. Amy Eshleman, the wife of Chicago Mayor Lori lightfoot, said it.
Eshleman stated, “This is not about abortion. Eshleman explained to thousands that control is the goal. She added, “My marriage is on our menu. We cannot and won’t let that happen.”
New York saw thousands of people gather at Brooklyn’s courthouse plaza, before marching over the Brooklyn Bridge into Lower Manhattan.
Angela Hamlet of Manhattan said “We’re there for the women that can’t come, and for those girls who don’t know what the future holds,” to the accompaniment of blasting music.
Robin Seidon from Montclair in New Jersey traveled to the rally and said that the nation is a country abortion rights advocates have long fear.
Seidon 65, said that they’ve always been playing around with the edges and they knew it would be a matter time before they felt they were able to control the Supreme Court.
A Mississippi case is expected to be decided by the high court in the near future. This could energize voters and help shape the next midterm elections.
Texas has strict laws banning abortions. The challenger to the anti-abortion Democrats of Congress marched in San Antonio.
Jessica Cisneros joined protestors just days before early voter registration begins for her primary race against U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar. This race may be one of first checks to see if the court leak will mobilize voters.
Kjirsten Nyquist of Chicago was a mother to two young daughters, aged 1 and 3. She agreed that voting is important. She said that voting in small elections is just as important as voting for federal elections.
Three days ago, the Senate did not have enough votes to approve Roe V. Wade. Saturday’s rally comes three days later. The Women’s March and UltraViolet were the sponsors, as well as Planned Parenthood.