ABORTION RIGHTS; PROTESTERS RALLY ACROSS THE US AFTER SUPREME COURT LEAK
For the second night, protesters sworm the Supreme Court on Tuesday to decry a leaked opinion by the court signaling it was positioned to overturn Roe. v. Wade.
More than a thousand abortion rights demonstrators filled the sidewalk and street outside the Supreme Court and demanded President Biden and fellow Democrats defend the right to an abortion.
A much smaller group of antiabortion demonstrators, chanting and singing nearby, were separated from the group by police barricades and U.S. Capitol police.
Protesters say they’re “furious” over a leaked SCOTUS decision that points towards overturning Roe V. Wade in the coming months.
Many who oppose the views in the draft fear more than just the loss of Federal Abortion Protections. They’re concerned about what the conservative-leaning court might do next.
Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights said there also will be Tuesday protests in Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and Dayton, Ohio; and one tomorrow in Honolulu. A national week of action is planned for May 8-14.
“On campuses, in workplaces, on social media, in the arts and the sciences, out in the streets, everywhere,'” the group said. “Raise your voice and raise hell! Silence is your stamp of approval.”
The U.S. Capitol Police said it was preparing for possible demonstrations in D.C.
“We are working closely with our partner law enforcement agencies to prepare for any potential demonstrations in the area of the Supreme Court, including adding additional officers in the area,” according to a statement.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged voters to defend the “fundamental” rights of a woman amid reports that the country’s Supreme Court is looking to scrap the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that had legalised abortion nationwide.
"I believe that a woman's right to choose is fundamental," Biden said, referring to the landmark ruling in the 1973 Supreme Court case ‘Roe v Wade’ that legalised abortion in the country and which is now apparently set to be overturned.
"Roe has been the law of the land for almost 50 years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned," Biden added.