Thousands are expected to rally across the United States for abortion rights today -by Ecork

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Thousands of activists are preparing to demonstrate in the United States on Saturday for a national day of action to demand safe and legal access to abortion.

The planned national demonstrations are in response to a leaked draft opinion showing that a conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court is considering overturning Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 ruling that guarantees nationwide access to abortion.

“We’re done with the attacks on abortion. Today we’re marching to make our voices loud and clear,” read a tweet from the Women’s March, one of the groups behind the Bans Off Our Bodies protests.

Demonstrators are expected in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Austin and Chicago, as well as at hundreds of smaller events across the country.

“This Saturday, our elected leaders are listening, Supreme Court justices are listening, and the companies that have funded anti-abortion interests are listening to us,” Sonia Speu, reproductive rights campaigning director for UltraViolet advocacy, said in a statement to AFP.

“We’ll be ready to face the moment, whether it’s rallying in the streets, petitioning state officials – whatever it takes.”

A rally in New York is scheduled to begin at noon local time in Brooklyn with plans to walk across the bridge to Foley Square in Manhattan, while thousands of people are expected to begin demonstrating in Washington at 2:00 p.m. (1800 GMT) and disembark on the day. Supreme Court building.

The draft opinion leak has sparked outrage over the possible rollback of abortion rights ahead of the major midterm elections in November, when control of both houses of Congress is at stake.

Democrats lobbied for abortion rights to be codified into a federal law, in an effort to tie Republicans to the deeply divided issue before a crucial election.

The House of Representatives Women’s Health Protection Act will ensure that health care professionals have the right to have abortions and that patients have the right to receive them.

But Republicans and one Democrat in the US Senate blunted efforts to advance the measure earlier this week.

We all lose
The legislative outcome does not match American public opinion in general: A new Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 53 percent of voters said Roe should not be overturned, up three percentage points from last week, while 58 percent said it was important to vote for the candidate. which supports access to abortion.

Republican-controlled states have already taken steps to restrict abortion rights in recent months, and overturning Roe v. Wade would give them much more freedom to restrict or ban the procedure.

“We all lose if Ru flips over,” tweeted Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March.

“Even those in conservative small towns like mine in Texas who are grateful for his wife’s abortion during a pregnancy that endangered her health, or fear that their granddaughter might not have access to her if she was raped,” she wrote. .

She had earlier tweeted: “If you’re as mad as me, join us on the streets this Saturday.”

The right to access to abortion has long sparked activism, but the Supreme Court leak sparked an escalation of demonstrations, including outside judges’ homes.

The largely peaceful protests drew Republican criticism over the privacy rights of court members, but activists responded by pointing to years of often violent protests outside abortion clinics and in the homes of doctors performing medical procedures.

Many have cited the suspended Supreme Court decision as an even greater breach of privacy.

One protester, Nikki Enfield, told local CBS television: “You can’t take my physical independence and enjoy Saturday at home. You can do one or the other.”

Police in Washington, still on alert after the US Capitol was attacked by a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump in January 2021, have erected a temporary fence around the Supreme Court.

The leak also triggered renewed calls by Democrats and progressives to add judges to the nation’s highest court, fueled by the possibility that they would not stop Roe v. Wade and could overturn other landmark decisions.

(This story has not been edited by the NDTV crew and is automatically generated from a shared feed.)

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