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‘Keep your bans off our bodies’: Abortion-rights groups set to rally Saturday from DC to Los Angeles

‘Keep your bans off our bodies’: Abortion-rights groups set to rally Saturday from DC to Los Angeles


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Protests in opposition to the Supreme Court docket’s leaked draft opinion to overturn the almost 50-year precedent set by Roe v. Wade are set to culminate Saturday with a nationwide “day of motion” that includes marches, rallies and audio system in dozens of cities.

The “Bans Off Our Our bodies” daylong occasion is organized by teams together with Girls’s March, Deliberate Parenthood Motion Fund, UltraViolet, MoveOn, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Nationwide Abortion Rights Motion League.

“We’re coming collectively this weekend with a robust message those that want to management our our bodies and our futures: Preserve your bans off our our bodies,” stated Deliberate Parenthood nationwide organizing director Brianna Twofoot.

Greater than 15,000 protesters are anticipated to collect in downtown Washington, in line with a allow filed with the Nationwide Park Service. They plan to march from the Washington Monument to the U.S. Capitol Constructing, UltraViolent organizer Sonja Spoo advised USA TODAY. 

“Come anticipating to be taught rather a lot from the parents who’re talking onstage and construct neighborhood with these round you,” Spoo stated.

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A number of the largest “Bans Off Our Our bodies” demonstrations are anticipated in New York Metropolis, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Austin, Texas, in line with organizers.

Saturday’s occasions will come after almost two weeks of protests after the leak of a draft opinion to overturn the 1973 resolution that established a constitutional proper to abortion.

The demonstrations are a “present of solidarity” to declare that “no courts, no politicians and no bans ought to ever take your freedom and proper to make private medical selections, together with your proper to abortion,” Twofoot stated. 

The Supreme Court docket verified the authenticity of the leaked draft opinion final week however stated it didn’t characterize the court docket’s remaining view.

Deliberate Parenthood started organizing a nationwide “day of motion” on Might 14 months earlier than the leaked Supreme Court docket draft opinion to overturn Roe, Twofoot stated.

“We now know the reality. The Supreme Court docket plans to quickly overturn Roe v. Wade, and we is not going to stand by as they roll again our rights,” stated Twofoot, who added she has seen protests on daily basis for the reason that information broke concerning the draft opinion on Might 2.

Demonstrators in Washington have voiced their anger at justices outside the U.S. Supreme Court building and on the front lawns of homes owned by Chief Justice John Roberts and Affiliate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, according to one group’s Twitter account.

Organizers for Saturday’s occasions in Washington, D.C. stated abortion rights demonstrators ought to keep away from participating with counterprotesters. In current weeks, anti-abortion demonstrators have rallied outside the Supreme Court building and have celebrated the leaked draft opinion.

“Our people will hold peaceable. … We’re additionally educating people who’re attending our occasions about not participating, staying centered on what our message is,” Spoo stated. “Nobody goes to win any hearts and minds by arguing backwards and forwards throughout the picket line.” 

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Washington’s Metropolitan Police Division advised USA TODAY in a press release that it plans to have a “seen” presence across the metropolis.

“As with all First Modification demonstrations, MPD might be monitoring and assessing the deliberate exercise with our native and federal legislation enforcement companions” Officer Sean Hickman stated in a press release.

Twofoot stated demonstrators ought to learn up on security ideas accessible on the “Bans Off Our Bodies” website.

With the Supreme Court docket’s official ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Girls’s Well being Group anticipated in a couple of weeks, abortion entry for hundreds of thousands of Individuals stays unsure. Political consultants warn the ideological battles over abortion post-Roe might turn out to be dominated by efforts to additional limit entry to the abortion tablet, which is utilized in at the very least 54% of terminated pregnancies within the U.S., in line with the Guttmacher Institute.

Contributing: John Fritze, Elizabeth Weise, Sweet Woodall, Rick Rouan, Chelsey Cox, N’dea Yancey-Bragg, Grace Hauck and Chris Kenning, USA TODAY



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