Thousands of reproductive rights supporters gather in rallies across the country on Saturday following the leak of this month’s draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe vs. Wade.
The draft notice sparked a wave of protests. More than 100 Ban Our Bodies rallies are set to take place Saturday across the United States, from Hawaii to California to Oklahoma to Washington, D.C.
Yes Roe vs. Wade were overturned, at least 26 states are “certain or likely” to ban abortion, according to data from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights. This could affect 36 million women, in addition to more people likely to get pregnant, according to Planned Parenthood.
In Washington, activists have gathered outside the steps of the Supreme Court since the night the draft notice was leaked. As many as 17,000 people are expected on the National Mall for the Bans Our Bodies protest, NBC4 Washington reported.
Meanwhile in Chicago, hundreds of protesters gathered in a park west of downtown. Women who say they have had an abortion, accompanied by an abortion doctor, spoke at the protest. Many at the rally say they want abortions to remain safe and accessible.
Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March, said protests can help build “community power”.
“Our role is to try to make our voice heard,” she told NPR.