Thousands to attend pro-abortion protests in US

Thousands to attend pro-abortion protests in US

Thousands of protesters are expected to march in cities across the country on Saturday in support of abortion rights. The rallies are part of a national campaign in response to a leaked the majority opinion project by the Supreme Court that could overturn Roe v. Wade.

In Washington, DC, organizers of the “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally expect up to 17,000 people to march from the Washington Monument to the Supreme Court on Saturday. Members of Congress, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, will appear “to call for greater access to abortion and a rejection of the overthrow of Roe v. Wade.”

On Friday, House Democrats gathered on the steps of the US Capitol to express their support for abortion rights.

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An abortion rights protester poses portraits of some of the US Supreme Court justices during a demonstration outside the US Supreme Court, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Washington.

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“Take reproductive health care away from women,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“They will not stop until a national abortion ban is enacted,” added Representative Barbara Lee.

Even though the leaked draft opinion does not represent the final position of any member of the court, it has raised concerns that the court could rule as early as next month when it decides on a controversial abortion law in Mississippi.

On Wednesday, a bill to codify Roe into law failed to pass the Senate. Even with Vice President Kamala Harris presiding, Senate Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass federal abortion rights protections.

“This Senate has failed to uphold a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body,” the vice president said after the vote.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin voted to block the bill, saying it went too far.

“This isn’t Roe v. Wade encoding, it’s an expansion,” he said.

On “CBS Mornings” Friday, Senate Minority Whip John Thune he said the issue must be decided by individual states.

“This is a decision made by nine unelected judges and it will now go back to the people and their elected representatives,” he said.


Senator Thune on what potential abortion changes could mean

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says Democrats will continue to focus on this issue until the midterm elections in November.

“Elect more MAGA Republicans if you want to see a national abortion ban, if you want to see doctors and women arrested, if you don’t want to see exceptions for rape and incest,” Schumer said.

Meanwhile, Judge Clarence Thomas, who has been criticized for his wife political activismsaid Friday that the leak fundamentally changed the institution.

“You start looking over your shoulder,” he said. “It’s like an infidelity that you can explain, but you can’t undo it.”

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