Thousands of defenders of the right to abortion demonstrated in various places USA on Saturday to express his rejection of the possibility that the case Roe v. Wadewhich legalized abortion nationwide, be annulled by the Supreme Court.

The demonstrations at the start of what organizers called “a summer of rage” reflect the response to the May 2 leak of a draft showing that the Court’s conservative majority is ready to reverse the landmark 1973 decision that established the federal constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.

There were large concentrations in New York, Washington, The Angels Y Chicago, with some smaller counterprotests. Near the Washington Monument in the National Mallsome protesters waved banners with messages reading “How dare you?”, “We are the majority” and “Fight. Protect your choice.”

The court’s final ruling, which could give states the power to ban abortion, is expected in June. Roughly half of the states in the United States could ban or severely restrict abortion shortly after an eventual Roe v. Wade ruling overturns.

The atmosphere was tense in downtown Brooklyn as thousands of abortion rights advocates crossed the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan.

elizabeth holtzmanan 80-year-old protester who represented New York in Congress from 1973 to 1981, said the leaked draft of the Supreme Court “it treats women as objects, as inferior human beings with respect to fullness.”

Malcolm DeCesarea 34-year-old intensive care unit nurse who attended a rally outside Los Angeles City Hall, said ending legal abortion rights could put lives at risk as women seek unsafe alternatives.

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In general, the actions appeared peaceful, although at least one counter-protester was escorted by a security guard in Washington.

The movement Students for Life of Americaan anti-abortion advocacy group with campus groups across the country, said it would hold counter-protests Saturday in nine cities, including Washington.

At an abortion rights protest in Atlanta, more than 400 people gathered in a small park across from the state capitol with a dozen counter-protesters on a nearby sidewalk.

Holding a sign that read “Stop Child Sacrifice,” bria marshall23 years old, recently graduated in public health from the Kennesaw State Universityacknowledged the lower participation of his group.

“Jesus only had a small group, but his message was more powerful,” said Marshall, a member of an evangelical church. “I hope to plant some seeds in his heart to change his mind.”

Planned Parenthood, Women’s March and other abortion-rights groups organized more than 400 “Bans on Our Bodies” protests for Saturday with the Washington march ending at the Supreme Courtthe focus of liberal outrage over the past two weeks.

Activists said this would be the first of many coordinated protests around the Supreme Court decision.

“For the women of this country, this is going to be a summer of fury,” said Rachel Carmona, president of the Women’s March. “We will be ungovernable until this government starts working for us, until the attacks on our bodies stop, until the right to abortion is codified into law.”

Several thousand abortion rights advocates gathered in a Chicago park, including United States Representative, Sean Castenand her 15-year-old daughter, Audrey.

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Casten, whose district includes Chicago’s western suburbs, told Reuters it was “horrible” that the conservative Supreme Court would consider removing abortion rights and “condemning women to this inferior status.”

The Democrats, who currently occupy the White House and lead both chambers of Congress, hope that the strong reaction to an eventual decision by the Supreme Court Lead your party’s candidates to victory in November’s legislative elections.

But voters will weigh abortion rights against other issues, such as rising food and gasoline prices, and may be skeptical of Democrats’ ability to protect abortion access after the failed elections. efforts to pass legislation that would have enshrined the right to abortion in federal law.

“I can understand that people don’t like the idea of ​​abortions, but the option should still be available,” said Brita Van Rossum, a 62-year-old landscaper who traveled to Washington from Philadelphia to attend a march.

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