Thousands rally across US to safeguard abortion rights

by | May 14, 2022 | World

Protesters gathered in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Austin and Chicago, as well as at hundreds of smaller events.   Thousands have taken to the streets in the US in support of a national day of action for safe and legal access to abortion.
The nationwide demonstrations on Saturday are a response to a leaked draft legal opinion showing the US Supreme Court’s conservative majority is considering overturning Roe v Wade, a landmark 1973 ruling that guarantees abortion access nationwide.
“We’re done with attacks on abortion. We’re marching TODAY to make our voices loud and clear,” read a tweet from the Women’s March, one of the groups behind Saturday’s “Bans Off Our Bodies” protests.
Protesters gathered in New York, Washington-DC, Los Angeles, Austin and Chicago, as well as at hundreds of smaller events across the country.  All in all, more than 380 events are scheduled from Maine to Hawaii, organisers said.
“This Saturday, our elected leaders hear us, Supreme Court justices hear us, companies who’ve funded anti-abortion interests hear us,” Sonja Spoo, director of reproductive rights campaigns at the advocacy organisation UltraViolet, said in a statement.
“We will be prepared to meet the moment, whether that’s rallying in the streets, petitioning state officials – whatever it takes,” she said.
A march in New York began at noon local time in Brooklyn with plans to march across the bridge to Manhattan’s Foley Square, while thousands more people were scheduled to demonstrate in Washington, DC and …

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