Coast-to-coast rallies support abortion rights

Protesters are mobilizing from coast to coast in the face of an early Supreme Court ruling that could nullify women’s right to abortion.

WASHINGTON – Protesters facing a Supreme Court ruling that could overturn women’s right to abortion planned coast-to-coast rallies on Saturday to express their outrage — and mobilize for the fight ahead.

More than 380 events are planned from Maine to Hawaii, with the largest gatherings in major cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, organizers said.

In Washington, DC, activists planned to gather at the Washington Monument before marching to the US Supreme Court, which is now surrounded by a security fence.

Tens of thousands of people were expected to attend the “Ban Our Bodies” events, providing an outlet for the anger and frustration of abortion rights activists after a leaked draft Supreme Court decision suggested Roe v. Wade will be nullified.

“If it’s a fight they want, it’s a fight they’ll have,” said Rachel Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March.

Polls show that most Americans want to preserve access to abortion — at least in the early stages of pregnancy — but the Supreme Court seemed ready to let states have the final say.

If that happens, about half of the states, mostly in the South and Midwest, are expected to quickly ban abortion.

The upcoming decision should energize voters, potentially shaping the upcoming midterm elections.

Saturday’s rallies were being held three days after the US Senate failed to muster enough votes to codify Roe v. Wade. Sponsors included the Women’s March, Move On, Planned Parenthood, UltraViolet, MoveOn, SEIU and other organizations.

Carmona said fighting will continue at polling stations, demonstrations and other venues “until we have a complete restoration of our rights.”

“It’s no exaggeration to say that for the women of this country, this is going to be a summer of rage,” she said.

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