Thousands are expected to attend pro-abortion rights protests across the US.

Thousands are expected to attend pro-abortion rights protests across the US.

Thousands of protesters are expected to march in cities across the country on Saturday in support of abortion rights. The demonstrations are part of a national campaign in response to a leaked draft majority opinion by the Supreme Court that could overturn Roe v. Wade.

In Washington, DC, organizers of the “Bans Our Bodies” rally expect some 17,000 people to march from the Washington Monument to the Supreme Court on Saturday. Members of Congress, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, will attend “to call for greater access to abortion and a rejection of the Roe v. Wade overturn.”

On Friday, House Democrats gathered on the steps of the US Capitol to voice their support for abortion rights.

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An abortion rights protester places portraits of some of the US Supreme Court justices during a rally outside the US Supreme Court, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Washington.

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“Hands off women’s reproductive health care,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

“They will not stop until a national abortion ban is enacted,” Rep. Barbara Lee added.

Although the leaked draft opinion does not represent the final position of any member of the court, it has raised concerns that the court could rule next month, when it decides on a controversial abortion law in Mississippi.

On Wednesday, a bill to codify Roe into law failed to pass the Senate. Even with Vice President Kamala Harris presiding, Senate Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass federal abortion rights protections.

“This Senate failed to uphold a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body,” the vice president said after the vote.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin voted to block the bill, saying it went too far.

“This is not the codification of Roe v. Wade, it is an expansion,” he said.

On “CBS Mornings” on Friday, Senate Minority Whip John Thune saying the question must be decided by the individual states.

“This is a decision made by nine unelected judges and it will now go back to the people and their elected representatives,” he said.


Senator Thune on what potential changes to abortion could mean

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says Democrats will continue to focus on this issue between now and the midterm elections in November.

“Elect more MAGA Republicans if you want to see a national abortion ban, if you want to see doctors and women arrested, if you don’t want to see exceptions for rape and incest,” Schumer said.

Meanwhile, Judge Clarence Thomas, who has come under fire for his wife’s political activismHe said Friday that the leak has fundamentally changed the institution.

“You start looking over your shoulder,” he said. “It’s like a kind of infidelity that you can explain, but you can’t undo.”

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