Tufts Medical Center walkout highlights support for abortion rights


Friday’s rally follows nationwide protests condemning the Supreme Court’s leaked bill backing the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

On Friday, Tufts medical student Emma Mitchell-Sparke leads a chant at a rally outside Tufts Medical Center. Staff and students staged a march and rally to protest the leaked Supreme Court draft decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Erin Clark/Globe Staff

Dozens of workers and students at Tufts Medical Center came out on Friday to support abortion rights, which a recently leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion is under threat.

Tufts staff and students took to Washington Street in downtown Boston at noon Friday, holding signs and chanting for women’s abortion rights. The catalyst for the protest was a draft notice leaked two weeks ago saying the Supreme Court was considering overturning the monumental 1973 Roe v. Wade case, which legalized abortion.

A online flyer for the rally urged supporters to “come and make your voice heard on the conservative court’s plan to scrap abortion rights.” The protest included speakers from the Tufts community, as well as a short march.

The Tufts’ pro-choice walkout isn’t the first Boston has seen since the leak. Thousands of people have turned out for protests at State House and Harvard in recent weeks. Students from at least two local schools also left class on Friday in support of abortion rights, according to a boston globe report.

Friday’s Tufts protest drew chants such as “Not church, not state, women must decide their fate” and “When women’s/trans rights are under attack, what do we do? you, fight!”

A freshman medical student at Tufts told the World she attended Friday’s rally to show her “utter anger and disbelief towards this country.”

β€œIt affects all of our care so profoundly,” said student Emma Mitchell-Sparke. “I think this is a vulnerable attack on reproductive choice and women’s rights, and it’s going to affect so many women, especially black women, so negatively.”

The parent company of Tufts Medical Center told the World it stands “with our colleagues across the country who work daily to help individuals make reproductive decisions.”


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