Hundreds of people gathered in the Loop on Saturday and vowed to fight back, days after Politico released a leaked draft opinion saying the Supreme Court would strike down the constitutional right to abortion enshrined nearly 50 years ago. years in Roe v. Wade.
Federal Plaza began to fill early on as protesters arrived for the “We Won’t Go Back” rally advocating for abortion rights.
“I’m so sick of a man telling me what to do with my body and I’m here we go [be] here, until we keep it safe,” said defenders Andrea and Eliza Luvianos.
Women and men, young and old, all came together to voice their concerns.
“No matter what happens with the court, we’re not going back,” said Gina Rozman-Wendle, president of Chicago NOW.
The leaked draft notice published by Politico was reportedly written by Judge Samuel Alito and released in February. He suggests that at least five justices side with Mississippi in a pending court case challenging the landmark 1973 abortion ruling.
“To think that after all this time people still want to control what women can do and our rights to make our personal health decisions is truly outrageous,” said Carole Levin, president of Courts Matter Illinois.
Kimberly Smith, Vice President of SEIU Healthcare, said: “I need people to understand that I should be able to do whatever I want.”
“Why are you judging me? It’s my right,” she continued.
State and local leaders also joined the call to action. Illinois Governor JB Pritzker made an appearance and pledged to protect Illinois’ reproductive rights.
“I’m proud that Illinois is an island for reproductive freedom in the Midwest,” he said. “Our coasts remain open to anyone abandoned by these extremist politicians.”
A rally is scheduled for next weekend at Millennium Park, with many more likely to take place until a final decision is made by the Supreme Court. It could happen in late June or early July.