WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Progressive and reproductive rights groups are organizing a nationwide day of action on May 14, called “Bans Off Our Bodies.”
- The coalition aims to push back against the leaked SCOTUS opinion that plans to overturn a landmark decision that legally protected abortion rights.
- Four anchor marches will be held in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, as well as hundreds more events in other cities across the country.
Several rallies have erupted outside the Supreme Court and all over the country since a leaked draft opinion revealed plans to overturn the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, which legally protected abortion rights.
Protesters gathered outside the high court mere hours after Politico‘s report on the leak. The following days saw even more demonstrators as well as rallies in several other cities, such as New York, San Francisco, Boston, Denver, and St. Louis.
On Wednesday night, an eight-foot fence was installed around the Supreme Court building amid continuing protests.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s executive director, Kelley Robinson, said, “People are fired up. Within hours of this draft opinion coming out, a thousand people were on the steps of the Supreme Court. Then the next day, hundreds of thousands of people showed up in their communities at federal buildings and at the Supreme Court to protest this news.”
A “massive” day of action for May 14, called “Bans Off Our Bodies,” is now being organized by several progressive and reproductive rights groups, including Planned Parenthood, UltraViolet, Women’s March and MoveOn.
The organized protest will include four anchor marches in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, as well as hundreds more events in other cities across the country. “No matter where you are, there’s somewhere for you to go,” Robinson said.
The coalition aims to push back against the planned ruling that would effectively eliminate constitutional protections for abortion rights.
“We will be ungovernable until this government starts working for us,” Women’s March executive director Rachel Carmona declared on Thursday. “Until the attacks on our bodies let up. And until the right to an abortion is codified into law.”
The nationwide day of action “will be sending this message loud and clear,” she added.
Organizers are still working out the schedule of events but will release it shortly. Carmona said that a rally will likely kick off at 2 p.m. in D.C., followed by a march.
Source: The Hill