Thousands of pro-abortion activists took to the streets of Washington, D.C. and other cities on Saturday to oppose the leaked draft decision by the Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling legalizing abortion nationwide.
The “Bans Off Our Bodies” event was organized by Planned Parenthood and the Women’s March groups.
Women’s March executive director Rachel Carmona warned at the National Mall that there will be a “summer of rage” if abortion is overturned by the Supreme Court.
“We will be ungovernable until this government starts working for us, ungovernable,” Carmona said. “That’s why we are taking to the streets today in cities all across the country. It’s why today isn’t just one day of action. It is simply day one of an invigorated movement aligned behind one simple demand, and you all heard it, keep your bans off our bodies!”
Pro-abortion protests were also observed in numerous other states, including Florida, Ohio, Texas, Washington, Michigan, Idaho, and Virginia.
— Paula Flores 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@Paula_CFlores) May 14, 2022
— Manda Panda 🏳️🌈👩💻🧣#RiseUp4AbortionRights (@_TheCrazyBear_) May 14, 2022
A “Bans off our bodies” rally is happening at Willard park in Cleveland. Protests like this are happening across the state and the country. pic.twitter.com/WrT76Fqzos
— Steve Maugeri (@SpecNewsSteve) May 14, 2022
Anti-abortion protesters have arrived at the Bans Off Our Bodies rally. Pro-abortion protesters are getting in front of them to hide their signs. Officers are standing between both groups. @KVUE pic.twitter.com/exI5RyVa4m
— Maria E. Aguilera (@maria_aguilera) May 14, 2022
Thousands of Michiganders are here showing up and showing out to protect abortion access in Michigan!
“Bans off our bodies!” pic.twitter.com/7ASrb80U9f
— Michigan Planned Parenthood Advocates (@mippadvocates) May 14, 2022
the bans off our bodies rally + protest march has gathered on the downtown mall outside charlottesville city hall. there’s a couple hundred people here now with speakers starting soon pic.twitter.com/3FfUZVCL7N
— molly conger (@socialistdogmom) May 14, 2022
Despite the widespread media coverage and numerous protests, a recent Rasmussen poll showed that a slim majority of Americans would support the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade, with 48% approving of overturning the decision, and 45% disapproving the overturning of the 1973 landmark ruling.