Thousands gather for pro-abortion rights protests across U.S.

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What to cognize astir this weekend’s termination rights rallies, protests scheduled 02:28

Supporters of termination rights took to the streets crossed America connected Saturday to dependable their choler implicit a leaked bulk draught opinion by the Supreme Court that could overturn Roe v. Wade. Cries of "My body, my choice" rang retired arsenic activists committed to warring for what they called reproductive freedom.

In the nation's capital, thousands gathered astatine the Washington Monument earlier marching to the Supreme Court, which is present surrounded by 2 layers of information fences. 
Members of Congress, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, were expected to be "to telephone for accrued entree to termination and a rejection of the overturn of Roe v. Wade."

Caitlin Loehr, 34, of Washington, wore a achromatic T-shirt with an representation of precocious Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's "dissent" collar connected it, and a necklace that spelled retired "vote."

Supreme Court Abortion Protests Protesters rally successful Cadman Plaza during an termination rights demonstration, Saturday, May 14, 2022, successful the Brooklyn borough of New York.  Jeenah Moon / AP

"I deliberation that women should person the close to take what to bash with their bodies and their lives. And I don't deliberation banning termination volition halt abortion. It conscionable makes it unsafe and tin outgo a pistillate her life," Loehr said.

From Pittsburgh to Pasadena, California, and Nashville, Tennessee, to Lubbock, Texas, tens of thousands participated successful "Bans disconnected our Bodies" events. Organizers expected that among the hundreds of events, the largest would instrumentality spot successful Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and different large cities. Sponsors included the Women's March, Move On, Planned Parenthood, UltraViolet, MoveOn, SEIU and different organizations.

"If it's a combat they want, it's a combat they'll get," Rachel Carmona, enforcement manager of the Women's March, said earlier the lawsuit began.

Teisha Kimmons, who traveled 80 miles to be the Chicago rally, said she fears for women successful states that are acceptable to prohibition abortion. She said she mightiness not beryllium live contiguous if she had not had a ineligible termination erstwhile she was 15.

"I was already starting to aforesaid harm and I would person alternatively died than person a baby," said Kimmons, a massage therapist from Rockford, Illinois.

At that rally, talker aft talker told the assemblage that if termination is banned that the rights of immigrants, minorities and others volition besides beryllium "gutted," arsenic Amy Eshleman, woman of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, enactment it.

"This has ne'er been conscionable astir abortion. It's astir control," Eshleman told the assemblage of thousands. "My matrimony is connected the paper and we cannot and volition not fto that happen," she added.

Supreme Court Abortion Protests Protesters clasp up signs during an termination rights demonstration, Saturday, May 14, 2022, successful New York.  Jeenah Moon / AP

Even though the leaked draught sentiment does not correspond the last presumption of immoderate subordinate of the court, it has raised concerns that the tribunal could regularisation arsenic soon arsenic adjacent month, erstwhile it decides connected a arguable termination instrumentality successful Mississippi.

On Wednesday, a measure to codify Roe into law failed to walk the Senate. Even with Vice President Kamala Harris presiding, Senate Democrats fell abbreviated of the 60 votes needed to walk national termination rights protections.

"This Senate failed to basal successful defence of a woman's close to marque decisions astir her ain body," the vice president said aft the vote.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin voted to artifact the bill, saying it went excessively far.

"This is not Roe v. Wade codification, it's an expansion," helium said.

On Friday, House Democrats gathered connected the steps of the U.S. Capitol to dependable their enactment for termination rights.

"Hands disconnected women's reproductive wellness care," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

"They won't halt until a nationalist nationwide termination prohibition is enacted," Rep. Barbara Lee added.

Supreme Court Abortion An abortion-rights protester places portraits of immoderate of the U.S Supreme Court judges during a objection extracurricular the U.S. Supreme Court, Sunday, May 8, 2022, successful Washington.  Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP

On "CBS Mornings" Friday, Senate Minority Whip John Thune said the contented should beryllium decided by idiosyncratic states.

"This is simply a determination made by 9 unelected judges and it's present going to spell backmost to the radical and their elected representatives," helium said.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says Democrats volition proceed to absorption connected this contented betwixt present and the midterm elections this November.

"Elect much MAGA Republicans if you privation to spot a nationwide prohibition connected abortions, if you privation to spot doctors and women arrested, if you privation to spot nary exceptions for rape and incest," Schumer said.

Kimmons, 46, said she believes the absorption needs to beryllium connected those races. "We person to ballot successful pro-choice politicians due to the fact that women's lives beryllium connected it," she said.

Kjirsten Nyquist, a nurse, agreed astir the request to vote.

Senator Thune connected what imaginable termination changes could mean 06:18

"As overmuch arsenic national elections, voting successful each tiny predetermination matters conscionable arsenic much," said Nyquist, who wheeled her 1-year-old girl successful a stroller and held her 3-year-old daughter's manus portion walking to the Chicago rally.

In Texas, which has a strict instrumentality banning galore abortions, the challenger to 1 of the past anti-abortion Democrats successful Congress marched successful San Antonio.

Jessica Cisneros joined demonstrators conscionable days earlier aboriginal voting begins successful her superior runoff against U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar. The contention could beryllium 1 of the archetypal tests implicit whether the tribunal leak volition galvanize voters.

Polls amusement that astir Americans privation to sphere entree to termination — astatine slightest successful the earlier stages of gestation — but the Supreme Court appeared to beryllium poised to fto the states person the last say. If that happens, astir fractional of states, mostly successful the South and Midwest, are expected to rapidly prohibition abortion.

Meanwhile, Justice Clarence Thomas, who has travel nether disapproval for his wife's governmental activism, said Friday the leak has fundamentally changed the institution. 

"You statesman to look implicit your shoulder," helium said. "It's similar benignant of an infidelity that you tin explicate it, but you can't undo it."

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