US abortion rights activists begin “Summer of Rage” with Saturday protests.

US abortion rights activists begin “Summer of Rage” with Saturday protests.

Some pro-choice activists, including Hannah Yost, center right, argue with a man who gave his name as anti-abortion Joe Green after protesting outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington Protective fence against climbing was erected. U.S. May 5, 2022. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo

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WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – Abortion rights supporters began rallying in protests across the United States on Saturday, beginning what organizers described as “a summer of anger” when the US Supreme Court dismissed the case Roe v. Wade, who legalized abortion nationwide.

Planned Parenthood, Women’s March and other abortion rights groups organized more than 400 Bans Off Our Bodies marches for Saturday, with the largest turnouts expected in New York City, Washington, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The demonstrations come in response to the May 2 leak of a draft advisory opinion showing that the conservative majority of the court is poised to reverse the landmark 1973 decision that established a federal constitutional right to abortion.

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The court’s final ruling, which could give states the power to ban abortions, is expected in June. About half of U.S. states could ban or severely restrict abortion soon after a Roe eviction ruling. Continue reading

Organizers said they expected hundreds of thousands of people to attend Saturday’s events, which they say would be the first of many coordinated protests against the Supreme Court decision.

“This is going to be a summer of anger for the women of this country,” said Rachel Carmona, President of the Women’s March. “We will be ungovernable until this government starts working for us, until the attacks on our bodies cease, until abortion rights are enshrined in law.”

Several thousand abortion supporters began gathering at a Chicago park Saturday morning, including US Representative Sean Casten and his 15-year-old daughter Audrey.

Casten, whose district includes Chicago’s western suburbs, told Reuters it was “terrible” that the conservative Supreme Court was considering stripping abortion rights and “condemning women to that lesser status.”

Democrats, who currently hold the White House and both houses of Congress, are hoping the backlash to the Supreme Court decision will propel their party’s candidates to victory in November’s congressional elections. Continue reading

But voters will weigh abortion rights against other issues like soaring food and gas prices, and they may be skeptical of Democrats’ ability to protect access to abortion after efforts to pass legislation that would enshrine abortion rights in federal law, have failed. Continue reading

On Saturday, protesters in New York plan to march across the Brooklyn Bridge, while protesters in Washington are meeting at the Washington Monument and then heading to the Supreme Court. Los Angeles protesters planned to meet at City Hall, and a group in Austin was scheduled to meet in the Texas state capital.

For the past week, protesters have gathered outside the homes of Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh, who the leaked opinion says led to the overthrow of Roe v. Wade have voted.

Judge Clarence Thomas told a conference in Dallas on Friday that trust within the court “was gone forever” after the leak.

“If you lose that trust, particularly in the institution that I am in, that fundamentally changes the institution,” the conservative judge said.

Students for Life of America, an anti-abortion advocacy group with campus chapters across the country, said it held counter-protests in nine cities Saturday, including Washington.

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Reporting by Gabriella Borter in Washington; Additional reporting by Eric Cox in Chicago; writing by Ted Hesson; Edited by Colleen Jenkins, Cynthia Osterman and Grant McCool

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