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WATCH LIVE: Hundreds rally to support abortion rights in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Protesters facing a Supreme Court ruling that could strike down the constitutional right to abortion aim to use rallies coast-to-coast on Saturday to express their outrage and rally for the fight ahead.

More than 380 events have been held from Maine to Hawaii, with the largest gatherings expected in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and other major cities including San Francisco.

In the nation’s capital, activists planned to rally at the Washington Monument before heading to the Supreme Court, 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.

“If this is a fight they want, this is a fight they will get,” said Rachel Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March.

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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.

Teisha Kimmons, who traveled 80 miles to attend the Chicago rally, said she fears for women in states that are prepared to ban abortion. She said she might not be alive today if she hadn’t had a legal abortion when she was 15.

“I was already starting to self-harm and I would have rather died than have a baby,” said Kimmons, a massage therapist from Rockford, Illinois.

The upcoming High Court ruling in a Mississippi case is expected to energize voters, potentially shaping the upcoming midterm elections.

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Kimmons, 46, said she thought the focus should be on those races. “We must vote for pro-choice politicians because women’s lives depend on it,” she said.

Kjirsten Nyquist, a nurse, agreed on the need to vote.

“As much as the federal election, voting in every little election matters just as much,” said Nyquist, who wheeled her one-year-old daughter in a stroller and held her 3-year-old’s hand as she walked to the rally. from Chicago.

Saturday’s rallies came three days after the Senate failed to muster enough votes to codify Roe v. Wade. Sponsors included Women’s March, Move On, Planned Parenthood, UltraViolet, MoveOn, SEIU and other organizations.

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