‘My body, my choice’: Thousands protest in the US for abortion rights

About 1,000 abortion rights protesters gather outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Louisville, one of two abortion providers in Kentucky.

Thousands of activists, many in pink, took to the streets across the United States on Saturday in a national day of action calling for safe and legal access to abortion.

The demonstrations are in response to a leaked draft opinion showing that the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court is considering overthrowing Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 decision that guarantees access to abortion across the country.

About 3,000 people gathered in a central square in Brooklyn and prepared to carry a giant pink flag that read: “Our Bodies. Our Futures. Our Abortions.” The protesters, which included Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other influential Democrats, were of all genders and ages and many wore green.

– ‘Whatever it takes’ –

Thousands also gathered in Texas and Kentucky, and more protests were planned in other major cities, as well as hundreds of smaller events across the country.

“We will be prepared to face the moment, whether it’s a rally in the streets, petitions to state officials – whatever it takes.”

Democrats have been pushing to codify abortion rights into federal law, an attempt to trap Republicans on the deeply divisive issue ahead of crucial polls.

– ‘Women want choices’ –

The legislative result is at odds with general American opinion: A new Politico/Morning Consult poll has 53% of voters saying Roe should not be toppled, up three percentage points from last week, while 58% said it was important. vote for a candidate who supports access to abortion.

The right of access to abortion sparked activism long ago, but the Supreme Court leak has spurred a surge in demonstrations, including outside judges’ homes.

And many have cited the Supreme Court’s pending decision as a far greater invasion of privacy.

“It’s really important to be here to take a stand and really tell the people who are making these decisions that women want choices and they want freedom to have that choice,” said Viesha Floyd, 32, of Waldorf, Maryland.

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