Women’s march is targeting the Supreme Court, with abortion online

“It is sad that we still have to fight for our rights 40 years later. But it is a tradition I want to continue, ”Baijal said of the march.

Organizers say the Washington marches will be among hundreds of abortion-themed protests around the country on Saturday. The demonstrations just before the beginning of a new period for the Supreme Court, which will decide the future of abortion rights in the United States, after the appointment of judges by former President Donald Trump strengthened the Conservative control of the High Court.

“Shame, shame, shame!” marchers sang as they walked past the Trump International Hotel on their way to the Supreme Court. Some bowed and gave up their fists at Trump’s landmark.

The day before the march, the Biden administration called for a federal judge to block the country’s most restrictive abortion law, which has banned most abortions in Texas since early September. It is one of a series of cases that will give the country’s divided high court an opportunity to support or override Roe v. Wade.

Texas law motivated many of the protesters and speakers.

“We will continue to give it to Texas,” Marsha Jones of the Afiya Center for Black Women’s Health Care in Dallas promised the Washington crowd. “You can no longer tell us what to do with our bodies!”

Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood National, spoke about women who were forced to drive long hours across state lines – sometimes multiple state lines – to end pregnancies in the weeks since Texas law came into force.

“The moment is dark … but that’s why we’re here,” Johnson said to the crowd packed into Freedom Square and the surrounding streets. With the upcoming Supreme Court term, “Wherever you are, this fight is on your doorstep right now.”

At an unrelated event in Maine, Republican Senator Susan Collins called the Texas law “extreme, inhuman and unconstitutional” and said she was working to make Roe v. Wade “the law of the land”.

She said she is working with two Democrats and another Republican, and they are “investigating” their bill. Collins declined to identify his colleagues, but said legislation would be introduced soon.

An opponent of women’s access to abortion called this year’s march theme “macabre.”

“What about equal rights for unborn women?” tweeted Jeanne Mancini, chair of an anti-abortion group called March for Life.

The Women’s March has become a regular occurrence – albeit interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic – since millions of women turned up in the United States and around the world the day after Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. Trump agreed to punish women for having abortions and made the appointment of Conservative judges a mission in his presidency.

When the sun went down Saturday, Ramsay Teviotdale from Arlington, Virginia — who when asked about her age said she was “old enough to remember when abortion was not legal” – was one of the few who had the hand-knitted pink wool caps that separated women in March 2017.

Without Trump as a central figure for women with different political beliefs to rally against, and with the pandemic still going strong, organizers are talking about hundreds of thousands of participants nationally Saturday, not about millions of 2017.

Teviotdale said this does not diminish the urgency of the moment. “This Texas thing – it can by no means stand. It is the thin edge of the wedge, ”she said.

The march is part of “a struggle to secure, protect and strengthen our constitutional right to an abortion,” Rachel O’Leary Carmona, CEO of the Women’s March, said in a statement. “And it is a battle against Supreme Court justices, state legislators and senators who are not on our side – or are not acting at the speed required by this moment.”

Latin comedian and activist Cristela Alonzo hosted Saturday’s convention in Washington, which featured speeches by many advocates and abortion providers. Actor Busy Philipps and swimmer Schuyler Bailar were to attend.

Security in the capital was much easier than at a political rally a few weeks ago in support of Trump supporters imprisoned in the January 6 uprising. No fence was placed around the U.S. capital, with the Capitol police chief saying there was no indication that Saturday’s rally would be violent.

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