Protesters facing a Supreme Court ruling that could strike down women’s right to abortion have planned rallies coast to coast on Saturday to express their outrage — and rally for the fight ahead.
More than 380 events were planned from Maine to Hawaii, with the largest gatherings in major cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, organizers said.
In Washington, DC, activists planned to gather at the Washington Monument before marching to the United States Supreme Court, which is now surrounded by a security barrier.
Tens of thousands were expected to attend ‘Bans off our Bodies’ events, providing an outlet for the anger and frustration of abortion rights activists after a leaked draft Supreme Court ruling suggested that Roe v. Wade would be canceled.
States and the Justice Department are waging legal battles over the abortion rights the Supreme Court defined in Roe v. Wade. But in 1992, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a lesser-known key case, paved the way for some restrictions on abortion – so long as they did not meet the definition of “undue burden”. With the help of Florida State Law Professor Mary Ziegler, we break it down in this LXplanation.
“If it’s a fight they want, it’s a fight they’ll get,” said Rachel Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March.
Polls show most Americans want to preserve access to abortion — at least in the early stages of pregnancy — but the Supreme Court appears poised to let states have the final say.
If that happens, about half of the states, mostly in the South and Midwest, should quickly ban abortion.
The upcoming decision is expected to energize voters, which could impact the midterm elections.
Saturday’s rallies came three days after the United States failed to muster enough votes for a Senate bid to codify Roe v. Wade. Sponsors included Women’s March, Move On, Planned Parenthood, UltraViolet, MoveOn, SEIU and other organizations.
Carmona said the fight will continue at polling stations, protests and other places “until we have a full restoration of our rights.”
“It’s no exaggeration to say that for the women of this country, it will be a summer of rage,” she said.
If the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion quashing Roe v. Wade takes effect, it could also lead to tougher state restrictions on birth control, says Seema Mohapatra, a law professor at Southern Methodist University.