CHICAGO (TOC) — Hundreds of abortion rights advocates gathered in Federal Plaza for a Friday night protest over the Supreme Court docket’s resolution to overturn Roe v. Wade, whereas anti-abortion rights advocates celebrated.
A protest and march began at 5 p.m. at Federal Plaza Friday evening, and one other protest is deliberate for Saturday.
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Cries of disappointment and anger stuffed the downtown streets of Chicago as abortion rights advocates pledged to battle again towards the courtroom’s ruling.
“The choice is ours!” stated Mary Yoo, abortion rights advocate. “It must be ours! It’s our personal our bodies! And now, politicians are going to determine what occurs to my physique, and that is simply not proper! It is not truthful! We’re outraged and we aren’t going to cease!”
“Abortion is well being care! Well being care is a proper!” stated Mandy Medley, Chicago for Abortion Rights. “It’s a darkish day on this historical past of this nation. Have a look at us all out right here. Have a look at how rightfully offended we’re!”
After speeches and chanting within the plaza, protesters took to the streets of Chicago, main a march across the Loop and ultimately again to Federal Plaza.
“Whereas it was, positive, a intestine punch, however I knew that perhaps this may assist politicize lots of people and get them out right here on the streets with us,” stated Bethany Amburgey, abortion rights advocate.
“That’s simply being positioned within the palms of people that do not fairly perceive what a being pregnant is, what the repercussions of a being pregnant are, and the way traumatic it may very well be. So, I believe it is actually simply educating girls now that as a lot as we expect we now have autonomy over our personal our bodies, our authorities says no,” stated Ruhee Singh, abortion rights advocate.
The 5 p.m. pro-abortion rights protest at Federal Plaza is being held by a number of teams together with RiseUp4AbortionRights.
It coincides with protests within the Chicago suburbs, in addition to across the nation in cities together with Boston, New York Metropolis, Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia and extra.
In Naperville, a number of hundred folks stretched alongside a number of blocks in downtown, becoming a member of in unity with folks everywhere in the nation voicing heartbreak over the Supreme Court docket resolution.
One organizer from Illinois NOW, the state’s chapter of the Nationwide Group of Girls, stated the suburban vote is extra vital, and perhaps extra galvanized, than ever.
“For those who’ve been sitting again pondering you have got all of those rights, it was simply taken away as we speak. Not only for us, however for our kids,” stated Laura Welch, president of Illinois NOW. “That is why suburban girls have gotten to rise up and suburban males and other people have gotten to rise up and rise up for what our rights are.”
Earlier a couple of dozen anti-abortion advocates gathered in Federal Plaza to rejoice what they known as a win a long time in a making. Whereas they had been few in quantity, they had been loud and proud.
“I actually attribute this victory, largely, to these activists who’ve been out on the frontlines during the last 50 years,” stated Eric Scheidler, govt director of the Professional-Life Motion League. “This concern stayed alive in the US due to folks on the frontlines by no means letting America overlook in regards to the injustice of abortion, the violence of abortion.”
Friday’s ruling successfully overturned Roe v. Wade, ending federal protections for abortions and an almost 50-year-old nationwide legislation. It’s the first time the Supreme Court docket has taken away an individual’s rights.
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Now abortion opponents are aiming to overturn protections in Illinois.
“In relation to abortion in our state, Pritzker has stated that he needs to make us a beacon of hope, which is laughable. There’s completely no hope in terms of abortion,” stated Amy Gehrke, govt director of Illinois Proper to Life.
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