Thousands Gather at Marches for Abortion Rights

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U.S.|‘The Hour Is Later Than We Thought’: Thousands Gather astatine Marches for Abortion Rights

Nearly 2 weeks aft the leak of a draught Supreme Court sentiment overturning Roe v. Wade, protesters gathered successful Washington, New York and elsewhere to vocalize their enactment for termination rights.

Abortion rights supporters successful  Washington connected  Saturday, erstwhile   much  than 450 marches were expected to instrumentality     spot  crossed  the country.
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May 14, 2022, 3:23 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON — Thousands of marchers converged successful the nation’s superior and crossed the state connected Saturday to amusement their enactment for termination rights astir 2 weeks aft the leak of a Supreme Court draught sentiment that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

A assemblage of protesters gathered adjacent the Washington Monument earlier marching to the Supreme Court, with immoderate wearing shirts that work “Bans Off Our Bodies” and “Keep Abortion Safe and Legal.” They vowed to combat to sphere termination rights, adjacent arsenic immoderate accepted that Roe would astir apt beryllium overturned.

Colleen Lunsford, 42, a lawyer from Arlington, Va., brought her 5-year-old daughter, Orla. Pointing to her daughter, she said she attended the march for “her aboriginal and autonomy.”

“I’m terrified,” Ms. Lunsford said. “We did our champion to elite a Democratic president and House and Senate, and this is inactive happening.”


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More than 450 marches crossed the state were acceptable to instrumentality spot connected Saturday, said Rachel O’Leary Carmona, the enforcement manager of the Women’s March, a nonprofit enactment that helped signifier the lawsuit and different protests supporting women’s rights. Organizers had been readying a nationalist march for termination rights earlier the draught sentiment leaked, but they fast-tracked the lawsuit aft the sentiment was published. Ms. O’Leary Carmona said she hoped the events would let demonstrators to “build power, some civically and electorally.”

“Folks are mobilizing due to the fact that they spot that the hr is aboriginal than we thought,” she said.

The marches took spot aft the work this period of the draft opinion, which showed that the Supreme Court appeared poised to overturn Roe, the landmark 1973 determination that guaranteed the close to abortion. The court’s ruling is not expected until June oregon aboriginal July.

With the midterm elections months away, President Biden and legislature Democrats are hoping to usage the contented to energize voters. Democratic senators failed connected Wednesday to beforehand legislation to warrant termination rights nationwide successful the look of absorption from Republicans and 1 Democrat, Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia.

In Washington, Elizabeth Moser, 34, a communications specializer from Burke, Va., said she hoped the marches would galvanize voters and politicians.

Although she had been readying to ballot successful the midterms, she said she was present considering driving radical to the polls and texting her friends to promote them to be different rallies successful enactment of termination rights.

“I’m retired present trying to physique a movement,” said Ms. Moser, who wore a reddish bandanna and held up a motion that read, “I volition not spell softly backmost to the 1950s.”

In Brooklyn, thousands of termination rights supporters gathered successful Cadman Plaza Park earlier marching to Foley Square successful Lower Manhattan. Volunteers offered snacks and signs with phrases similar “Stand With Black Women.”

For some, protesting the draught sentiment was not conscionable astir protecting the close to abortion.

Lillian Penafiel, 35, and her wife, Emi Penafiel, 44, disquieted astir what a ruling would mean for matrimony equality, L.G.B.T.Q. rights and voting rights.

“They’ve been precise clear, particularly what was written up, that our rights are going to beryllium threatened arsenic well, too, truthful that’s wherefore we’re nervous,” Emi Penafiel said. “They’re coming aft each of it.”


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Madeleine Ngo reported from Washington, and Lola Fadulu from New York.

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