Thousands of protesters flooded New York City’s Foley Square on Tuesday, outraged by a draft ruling that was leaked by US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, ruling to overturn the landmark ‘Roe v. Wade’, of 1973, which consolidated the right to abortion throughout the country.
“We will not back down. We will not go back to the days when we used wire hangers,” New York Attorney General Letitia James told the crowd, sharing that she had an abortion while serving as a member of the City Council.
“Not now, not ever. The right to control our bodies is a fundamental right enshrined in the 14th Amendment. And if they pursue this right, who’s next?” James added.
Thousands of other activists took to the streets of the nation’s capital, Washington DC, and protested to defend the case ‘Roe v. Wade’, through which abortion was legalized in 1973, and to protect the rights of women.
“Government shouldn’t get in the business of blocking access to health care,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser, adding, “Washington DC is a pro-choice city.”
On the other side of the abortion debate, pro-life groups say their goal is to protect the unborn.
“We will continue to be on the ground seeking to create a life-affirming society for mothers and their unborn children,” Jessica Rodgers, vice president of the DC Metro Life Alliance, said in an interview.
Back in New York City, protesters expressed fear at the idea that ‘Roe v. Wade’ was revoked.
“These are rights that my mom tried to secure for me and my own daughter,” said Liana Stampur, 36, of New York. “I’m really upset because this is where we are and our options are being taken away from us, and it’s happening in 2022.”
In preparation for a battle over abortion rights, New York will establish a fund for women who want to go for an abortion if the state they live in imposes a ban.
“This is a five-alarm fire, my friends,” James said. “It’s a fight that will take us all to win.”
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