Supporters of the right to abortion will demonstrate today from one end of United States on the other hand, giving the kick-off to what organizers have said would be a “summer of rage” if the US Supreme Court overturns the Rowe v. Wade case that legalized abortions in the country.
Abortion rights organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Women’s March and others have planned for today more than 300 marches with the slogan “Bans Off Our Bodies”. The largest demonstrations are expected to take place in New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Chicago.
The protests are in response to the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion, which leaked on May 2 and shows that the conservative majority of the court is ready to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling that established the federal constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.
The court’s final ruling, which could give states the power to ban abortions, is expected in June. About half of all US states may ban or severely restrict abortions if a decision is overturned in the Rowe v. Wade case.
Organizers said they expected hundreds of thousands of people to take part in today’s demonstrations, which they said would be the first of a series of coordinated protests over decision of the Supreme Court.
«“For the women of this country, this will be a summer of rage,” said Rachel Carmona, president of Women’s March. “We will be ungovernable until this government starts working for us, until the attacks on our bodies stop, until the right to abortion is codified in law.».
The Democrats, who currently have the White House and a majority in both houses of Congress, hope the reaction to the Supreme Court ruling will lead their party candidates to victory in the midterm elections in November. presidential term.
Voters, however, will weigh the right to abortion on other issues, such as rising food and gas prices, and may be skeptical of Democrats’ ability to protect access to abortion after failing to pass legislation that would include the right to abortion in federal law.
Protesters in New York today plan to march on Brooklyn Bridge, while protesters in Washington will gather at the Washington Monument and then head to the Supreme Court. Protesters in Los Angeles plan to gather at City Hall while protesters in Texas were to gather in the state capital Austin.
THE anti-abortion organization Students for Life of Americawhich has organizations on campuses across the country, announced today that they will hold counter-protests in nine US cities, including Washington.