After the Supreme Court ruling on abortion, protests and celebrations spread
Thousands of people took to the streets again on Saturday, some in celebration and others in outrage, a day after the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, ending the constitutional right to abortion in the United States.
The protesters returned to the Supreme Court in Washington. Others carried signs and sang in cities large and small across the country, including Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York.
In the sweltering 90-degree heat, people chanted and held up signs outside the high court, where a barricade was erected and officers were staged. Activists splattered red paint on the sidewalk to look like blood, leading to two arrests for alleged destruction of property. “Stop legislating on my body,” one sign read.
A protester in DC climbed to the top of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, forcing it to remain closed for a second day, WJLA reported.
Others gathered to celebrate the decision in smaller numbers.
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From Philadelphia to Georgia, protesters express outrage
“My mom worked for Planned Parenthood in the 70s right out of college – so it drives me crazy that 40 years later I’m doing the same thing. Same protest. Same signs,” Megan Schanbacher said, a 38-year-old attorney from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
She attended a rally in Philadelphia on Saturday and said the Supreme Court was a key factor for her in the recent election.
More than 300 residents, local officials and activists filled College Square Saturday in Athens, Georgia, about 70 miles northeast of Atlanta. Speakers emphasized that the Supreme Court’s decision had serious consequences for Georgia’s most marginalized groups. They also stressed that the ruling would not stop abortions, but only make it a more dangerous path for many.
“Our ancestors shed their blood, sweat and tears to defend the rights we have today,” said Addison Clapp, a rally organizer. “We’re here because we’re not just supporting Roe vs. Wade. Roe vs. Wade is the floor, it’s the bare minimum.”
In South Carolina, around 1,500 people filled the courtyard at One City Plaza in Greenville, chanting and rallying against the Supreme Court’s decision
“My body!” a woman shouted through a loudspeaker.
“My choice!” the crowd chanted in response.
Greenville police said several people were arrested at the event. Police said one person was arrested after the permit for the event expired and was repeatedly warned about the blockage of traffic. Five other people were arrested for disorderly conduct, interfering with police and resisting arrest, police said.
Nearly 100 abortion rights protesters addressed Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the Supreme Court during a march to the state Capitol building. The state has had a trigger law in place since 2019 that will ban nearly all abortions 30 days after the Supreme Court ruling. Republican leaders in the state have said they don’t want to wait that long.
“Law on me, Governor Lee,” chanted Jace Wilder, the march’s organizer.
March participant Lauren Oliver, 22, said after the news broke yesterday that she couldn’t just sit down: ‘It’s something that affects everyone.’
Anti-abortion groups gather to celebrate the end of Roe v. wade
In smaller numbers, anti-abortion groups countered large protests on Saturday. Many said the ruling was just the start of efforts to end abortion nationwide.
“Now the battle will continue state by state, and we will not stop until every innocent human life is protected,” said Kim Schwartz, spokesperson for Texas Right to Life. The group held a celebratory rally in Austin.
Police stood between the two groups as tensions rose in Indianapolis on Saturday, where more than a thousand abortion rights protesters rallied and more than 200 anti-abortion advocates rallied.
“It’s important that we stand up and speak peacefully and be grateful for the conservative things that are happening around the country,” said Tammy Delgado, 44, of Indianapolis.
In Kentucky, dozens of people turned out for a “LifeFest: Live, Love, Louisville” event to celebrate Roe’s passing.
Peggy Boone, who sits on the board of directors of Right to Life of Louisville, said she is delighted that the decision on abortion rights now rests with the states.
“We’re just really happy that it’s going back to the United States and it’s illegal here in Kentucky,” Boone said Saturday. “We’ve been working on it for 50 years.”
Across the country, “Life Is Stronger” rallies were scheduled for Saturday in at least 32 states at state capitol buildings, according to the Students for Life Action organization’s website.
Friday’s protests led to arrests and tear gas outside the Arizona Capitol
Friday’s protests in the hours following the landmark ruling remained mostly peaceful, but in scattered incidents protesters clashed with police and arrests were made.
During a march in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about 100 miles northeast of Des Moines, at least two protesters were hit by a car, although no serious injuries were immediately reported, the police said. police.
Video of the incident posted on social media shows a truck appearing to drive slowly through a group of protesters in the street as others chased it and then fled. Lyz Lenz, a local reporter, told The Associated Press that she saw the driver swerve around another car and hit the two women on a crosswalk around 7:15 p.m., rolling over the foot of ‘a woman.
In Los Angeles, protesters marched on the 110 Freeway Friday night and were evacuated by police after an unlawful assembly was declared, but no one was arrested, the LAPD said in a statement. Two people were later arrested in the city center, with police reporting protesters threw fireworks and “makeshift weapons” at officers, four of whom were injured.
In what some Arizona GOP lawmakers equate to an “insurrection” attempt, police sprayed tear gas at protesters after some began banging on the doors of the Arizona Senate building. Lawmakers, who were still in session, were evacuated. The crowd eventually dispersed and no one was arrested.
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