Abortion rights protesters gathered in cities across the United States, vowing to fight to keep abortion a legal option for women across the country
CHICAGO — Abortion rights protesters rallied in cities across the United States on Saturday, vowing to fight to keep abortion a legal option for women across the country.
Hundreds of people rallied in Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and other cities days after a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion was released to the public suggesting the court is set to rule. overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. The draft advisory, which comes amid nearly 50 years of federal abortion protections, could change before the ruling is finalized in the coming weeks.
“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,” Carole Levin, president of Courts Matter Illinois, told WMAQ. -TV during the gathering. in Chicago.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker attended the rally and pledged to protect reproductive rights in Illinois.
“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.”
In the nation’s capital, abortion rights protesters stood outside the Supreme Court, holding signs saying abortion is a human right, or “Give up the Court.” Protesters who oppose abortion demonstrated across the street.
In Atlanta, protesters held signs in favor of abortion rights as they marched through the city’s downtown area and chanted: “Not the church and not the state, women must decide our spell”.
In Houston, thousands of people attended a rally on reproductive rights led by Democrat Beto O’Rourke, candidate for governor of Texas. Texas is one of several states that would automatically ban abortion, leaving no exceptions for rape or incest, if the High Court overturns the state’s abortion law.