Washington, DC – Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that granted women a constitutional right to abortion, hundreds of people took to the streets of Washington DC on June 24. They protested in front of the Supreme Court against what they consider an unjust decision.
Chants of “This decision must not stand. Legal abortion on demand! “Illegitimate forced motherhood! Illegitimate Supreme Court! and “Legal abortion you!” and “Legal Abortion Now!” sounds as Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights organizers lead a rally and lead a group of protesters outside the US Supreme Court.
“The Democrats are deeply complicit and not just complicit, but there is a cynicism. Some like this decision because they think they can go all the way to the primaries,” a Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights organizer told the crowd, with barricades in front of the court and rows of police behind her.
Several other protests are planned for the weekend and will continue into next week. Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights intends for the organization to support protests in the Supreme Court for as long as necessary. Another speaker said: “It was thanks to people coming out onto the streets that we won the right to abortion. We have to be here day in and day out on the streets. It’s time to start raising hell! You can’t say you’re pro-choice and stay home right now.
Several groups staged actions throughout the day, including Harriet’s Wildest Dreams, a black-led abolitionist organization focused on community advocacy, and Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights, an organization formed in January 2022 calling for mass protests, supported and non-violent throughout the country in support of the right to abortion.