“I’m here for my friend and all women”
Women gathering in New York, where multiple protests are planned, talk about what motivates them to take part in Saturday’s actions.
“Which direction is the United States heading with this decision?”
Julie Kinsella traveled to Brooklyn from Saratoga Springs, New York, to participate in Saturday’s protest, saying she felt “outraged” and “angry” when news of the draft advisory broke.
“It’s to stop things from happening,” Kinsella, 35, explained why she decided to protest. “We have made so much progress so far. I would just hate to see us back down and fight for what we already have right now.
Kinsella, an educator, described her reaction to the draft leaked opinion suggesting the U.S. Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade. “How can they take away what I consider a human right? Kinsella said. “It just got me thinking: Where is the United States heading with this decision?”
Kinsella said it was her first time protesting. “Over the past five or ten years, I’ve seen a lot of things that make me angry,” she said. “I can’t sit still.”
Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas called the Supreme Court’s abortion bill leak “extremely bad.”
“What happened in court was extremely bad,” Thomas, 73, said during a dialogue at a conference of conservative and libertarian thinkers in Dallas.
“I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them…And then I wonder when they’re gone or destabilized, what we’re going to have as a country,” he said. . .
The comments came a week after the judge said he feared the justice system would be at risk if people were unwilling to ‘live with outcomes we don’t agree with’ and recent events in the Supreme Court could be “a symptom of this”. ”.
Protesters gather in New York: ‘It’s happening’
At 10 a.m. local time, reproductive rights advocates began arriving at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn, New York, to prepare for a protest scheduled for noon.
Organizer Jillian White is one of them. “I am deeply concerned about the erosion of our rights,” White, 35, told the Guardian. “I think it’s important to show up and do everything I can.”
Protesters gather in the park as the United States Supreme Court looks set to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion. On May 2, a draft decision leaked to Politico showed five conservative judges on the nine-judge panel voted to overturn the decision.
“I think I was surprised by the leak, not by its content,” White said. “It has been happening for a very long time. My heart ached, but I wasn’t surprised.
Hello and welcome to The Guardian’s coverage of Saturday’s abortion rallies due to take place across the country.
We’ll be covering all of this live, and we’ll have reporters at some of the major protest sites, including Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles.
As the U.S. Supreme Court appears set to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion, hundreds of thousands of people across America plan to take to the streets to protest this imminent decision.
A coalition of groups including Planned Parenthood, UltraViolet, MoveOn and the Women’s March are organizing Saturday’s protests, whose rallying cry is “Bans Off Our Bodies.”
More than 380 events are being held from Maine to Hawaii, with the largest gatherings expected in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and other major cities, organizers said.
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.
The protests come after a draft opinion leaked on May 2 showing that five conservative nine-justice Supreme Court officials had voted to overturn their predecessors’ decision in Roe v Wade nearly 50 years ago.
Unless the interim ruling is substantially changed before becoming final, abortion would be almost immediately banned in more than half of the US states.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that for the women of this country, it will be a summer of rage,” said Rachel Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March.