Abortion protesters gather in cities around the US

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Abortion protesters hold signs during a demonstration outside the U.S. Supreme Court, Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Washington. A draft opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court might be ready to reverse the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a report released Monday from Politico. Whatever the outcome, the Politico report represents an extremely rare breach of the court’s secret deliberation process, and in a matter of extraordinary importance. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades)

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Protesters for abortion rights gathered in cities across the United States on Saturday and pledged to fight to ensure abortion remains a legal option for women across the country.

Hundreds gathered in Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and other cities, days after a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion was leaked to the public, suggesting the court is ready to rule on the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case, which involved abortion. legalized across the country. The draft advisory, which comes amid nearly 50 years of federal abortion protection, could change before the ruling is finalized in the coming weeks.

“To think that after all this time people still want to control what women can do and our rights to make our personal health decisions is just really outrageous,” Carole Levin, president of Courts Matter Illinois, told WMAQ-TV at the rally. . in Chicago.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker attended the meeting and pledged to protect reproductive rights in Illinois.

“I’m proud that Illinois is an island for reproductive freedom in the Midwest,” he said. “Our shores remain open to anyone left behind by these extremist politicians.”

In the country’s capital, abortion rights protesters stood outside the Supreme Court, holding signs saying that abortion is a human right, or “breaking down the court.” Anti-abortion protesters demonstrated across the street.

In Atlanta, protesters carried signs in favor of abortion rights as they marched through the center of that city, chanting, “Not the church, not the state, women should decide our fate.”

In Houston, thousands of people attended a reproductive rights demonstration led by Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who is running for Texas governor. Texas is one of several states that would automatically ban abortion, with no exceptions for rape or incest, if the Supreme Court overturns the nationwide right to abortion.

An investigation is underway to determine who leaked the Supreme Court’s draft opinion to Politico.

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