Pro-choice protesters attacked and threatened as Roe protests continue into second day


As thousands of pro-choice protesters took to the streets across the United States on Friday to make their voices heard following the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, some protesters have faced violence.

During a protest in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a pickup truck driver rammed into a group of protesters before fleeing the scene.

The unidentified driver of the Ford truck rammed into several protesters, all women. At least one woman was injured after the vehicle rolled over her ankle.

“He tried to assassinate them,” said Lyz Lenz, a local journalist and witness to the attack. “These women see him coming and a bunch of people are reaching out to stop him. And he just keeps going.

Police in riot gear surround the Arizona Capitol after protesters reached the front of the Arizona Sentate building in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe abortion ruling v. Wade Friday.

Video from a protest in Phoenix showed police firing tear gas from the windows of the Arizona Senate building, forcing hundreds of placard-carrying protesters to flee.

Video shared on Twitter by Republican State Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita from inside the building showed protesters with signs chanting outside the gates of the state Capitol and knocking on the glass doors but not trying to enter. After being sprayed with tear gas, protesters moved towards the city center and were again sprayed with tear gas by police after a monument was allegedly vandalized.

In downtown Los Angeles, journalist Tina Berg was seen on video being violently pushed to the ground by a police officer who then told her, “I’m trying to protect you.”

In DC, abortion rights protesters who showed up at the gated Supreme Court building to make their voices heard also encountered abortion advocates, some of whom engaged in harassing behavior. A woman told the HuffPost reporter Alanna Vagianos between sobs she repeatedly asked an anti-abortion protester — a man — to stop following her.

And outside Mississippi’s only abortion clinic early Saturday morning, CNN correspondent Nadia Romero pointed to several men carrying anti-abortion signs who had come to harass those who showed up at the clinic.

“And so here we are, outside the very last abortion clinic standing in the state of Mississippi, and it hasn’t been a good morning here,” Romero said. “It was confrontational, it was very threatening. They want to be on TV? Let’s put them on TV.

The men can be seen on video standing just behind the camera. A policeman has his back to the camera.

“They were very aggressive with us and threatening,” Romero continued. “That’s why you see here the back of a police officer from Jacksonville, Mississippi. We asked them to step back and give us some space, but they decided to stand up and hover above us.

Romero said police first showed up after one of the anti-abortion men backed up his truck and allegedly punched one of the clinic’s volunteers.



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