As Americans awoke to political and social turmoil months before the congressional midterm elections, thousands of people participated in one of the greatest demonstrations during an abortion rights event in New York City.
Following the revelation of a draught Supreme Court judgement that might reverse the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, protesters called for the protection of abortion rights at rallies on Tuesday under the banner “off our bodies” in locations around the United States.
The unexpected release of the 98-page draft judgement by the news organization Politico late on Monday, the Supreme Court itself became the focal point for some of the first protests on both sides of the controversy.
Across from the US Capitol, a crowd of demonstrators gathered on the sidewalk just past the courthouse’s marble steps, where they shouted loudly but peacefully their support for and opposition to terminating the constitutional right to abortion in all 50 states.
Early in the day, a group of around a dozen anti-abortion protesters predominated, banging on drums and yelling into megaphones, “Pro-choice is a lie, babies never choose to die,” and “Abortion is violence, abortion is oppression.”