Across the country, protesters show support for abortion rights

Updated June 26, 2022 6:20 PM ET

like almost two dozen states decision to prohibit or restrict access to abortion following Friday’s Supreme Court ruling reversing Roe v. Wade, protests for reproductive rights have continued across the country.

In Alabama, hundreds of people gathered in Birmingham on Saturday, reciting poems, dancing and cuddling, all in support of reproductive rights, according to WBHM’s Miranda Fulmore.

Fulmore reported that crowds in Birmingham, one of at least five gatherings in Alabama this weekend, chanted in unison on Saturday, “We need to love and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

Marchers also passed through downtown Boston on Saturday, with changes from “What do we want? Abortion rights,” according to Jeremy Siegel of GBH.

In Philadelphia, Democratic Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro held a rally near the Liberty Bell, emphasizing the November election. With a GOP majority in both houses, the Keystone state could restrict abortion if a Republican wins the gubernatorial race.

Shapiro told the crowd of over a thousand, “The reason I’m hopeful today is because you’re here,” reported Emily Rizzo of WHYY.

In a statement, State Senator Doug Mastriano, the GOP nominee, said, “Roe v. Wade is rightfully relegated to the ash heap of history.”

He is the main sponsor of a bill to restrict abortion in Pennsylvania.

In Washington, DC, pro-abortion rights protesters continued to gather outside the Supreme Court building, NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben reports.

A man even slept on top of DC’s Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in protest, Business Insider reports.

Hundreds of people took to the streets in the sweltering heat of New Orleans, Louisiana on Friday and called on city officials to make New Orleans a safe haven for abortions, according to Carly Berlin of WWNO.

While most of the rallies were entirely peaceful, deputies from the Arizona Department of Public Safety fired tear gas at protesters outside the Capitol building in Phoenix on Friday. This briefly disrupted the legislative session, according to KJZZ’s Ben Giles.

“Republican Senator TJ Shope said senators briefly evacuated the chamber and took shelter in an underground tunnel connecting the House and Senate before returning to work,” he reported Saturday.

And in Seattle on Friday night, KNKX’s Bellamy Pailthorp reports that protesters risked arrest for staging a sit-in on Second Avenue near the Jackson Federal Building, with another sit-in at Pike Place Market, a popular tourist destination.

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