Thousands Rally Across the US to Protect Abortion Rights as Supreme Court Considers Roe v Wade Decision

Thousands of people rallied on the National Mall and marched to the US Supreme Court as the court prepares to issue a ruling that could end decades of constitutional protections for abortion care and trigger a wave of laws to make abortion illegal in about half of the US.

The national “Bans Our Bodies” marches drew massive crowds of abortion rights advocates to Washington DC and the streets of New York City, Los Angeles, Austin, Texas, and downtown US cities.

National abortion rights groups helped organize rallies in nearly 400 cities and towns, from Cleveland to Oklahoma City and across the South from Nashville to Atlanta to New Orleans and throughout Florida, drawing large crowds outside state capitols. states and in city centers in states on the verge of severely restricting or banning access to abortion.

“This is a time of crisis,” US Representative Barbara Lee told a crowd in Washington DC. “Radical Supreme Court justices and right-wing extremists are making it clear that they will not stop until a nationwide ban is enacted. But we’re here to say loud and clear: Keep these bans off our bodies.”

Demonstrations demanded support for abortion funds, reproductive health groups, abortion providers, and state and federal protections for abortion care in the wake of the leak of a conservative-majority Supreme Court draft opinion to overturn the historic 1973 decision in Roe v. Wadeand its affirmative decision in 1992 Planned Parenthood vs. Casey.

A formal decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationthe Mississippi case at the center of the Supreme Court Roe debate, is expected in the coming weeks.

Roughly half of US states are ready to quickly or immediately ban abortion, including 13 states with so-called “trigger” bans designed to go into effect without blanket federal protections for abortion access.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the dobbs case in December. Over the next few months, a wave of anti-abortion legislation in Republican-led states, emboldened by the upcoming decision, proposed eliminating access to abortion in most cases and criminalizing abortion care by making it a felony that providers care for aborted patients.

In the first months of the year, lawmakers in nearly 40 states introduced more than 200 bills to restrict abortion access.

Meanwhile, four states and Washington DC have codified the right to access abortion, while 12 states explicitly allow abortion care, according to the reproductive research organization Guttmacher Institute.

This week, the US Senate failed to pass a federal measure, the Women’s Health Protection Act, that would codify Roewith Democratic Senator Joe Manchin joining the 50 Republican senators who voted to block the debate, effectively killing the legislation.

President Joe Biden blamed Senate Republicans for obstructing the legislation, stressed the urgency of protecting “fundamental rights” threatened by the Supreme Court, and said the Senate’s inaction “goes against the will of the majority of the American people.” “.

Several recent polls show that the majority of Americans support protections for access to abortion and defend the Roe vs. Wade decision.

Republicans in Congress, none of whom voted for this bill, have chosen to stand in the way of the rights of Americans to make the most personal decisions about their own bodies, families and lives. president in a statement.

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