Hundreds of New Yorkers took to the streets this weekend to protest against the possibility the Supreme Court will overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and end the nationwide right to legal abortion.
A leaked draft opinion published by POLITICO last Monday indicated that the high court will get scrap the landmark ruling as soon as this summer. If that happens, it is expected that at least 18 states could rule to fully ban abortion and another eight could institute partial bans.
The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Democratic Club turned out to show its displeasure with the decision, holding a Mother’s Day abortion rights rally on Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn.
A group of mothers and daughters gathered outside the Joralemon Street municipal building, which is named after the former Supreme Court Justice.
The Supreme Court draft decision has sparked waves since Politico first released it last Monday night, with Chief Justice John Roberts confirming its authenticity the following day.
In the opinion, Alito writes: ‘Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled.
‘It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.’
The wording may change in the final decision, the Post notes, as justices will have had time to offer critiques, dissents and revisions before it is formally announced in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case in July.
In the case, Jackson Women’s Health Organization – the only abortion provider in Mississippi – seeks to overturn the state’s 2018 law banning abortions after the 15 weeks gestational period except in medical emergencies and in the case of severe fetal abnormality.
The state, meanwhile, is asking the Supreme Court to allow states to ban abortions at a much earlier point than the current viability standard established by Roe v. Wade, a point where pregnancy cannot survive outside of a woman’s uterus.
A number of small pro abortion rallies were held around the city over the weekend
Protesters consisting of mothers and daughters gathered outside the Joralemon Street municipal building named after the former Supreme Court Justice
Mothers and daughters demonstrated outside of the municipal building in Brooklyn
Those attending held signs including ‘My Body, My Choice’
Protesters rally in support of abortion rights, on Sunday, in Brooklyn, New York
A draft opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide
‘I was thirteen when the decision came down to protect women’s choice,’ said Patti Ciferno to NY1. ‘Now I am 61 years old and I cannot believe we are standing here today in a backward run to get to a worse place than we were when I was 13 years old.
‘I have a young daughter that has a right to make choices about her body,’ Ciferno said. ‘ If I had that choice, I want her to have that choice.’
Over the weekend, a number of protests also took place outside of churches, including outside Sunday mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Many protests occurred earlier in the week but there were a small round of protests this weekend
One woman wrote a simple message on her stomach: ‘Keep your laws off my body’
Although it was mainly women who were seen protesting, men were also in the crowd
One woman held a clever banner than explained the significance of Roe Vs Wade
Card and crayons are seen on the sidewalk in order for people to make their own signs
While religious believers at the heart of the decades-old fight over abortion are shocked at the breach of high court protocol, they are still as deeply divided and their beliefs on the contentious issue as entrenched as ever.
National polls show that most Americans support abortion access.
A Public Religion Research Institute survey from March found that a majority of religious groups believe it should be legal in most cases – with the exception of white evangelical Protestants, 69% of whom said the procedure should be outlawed in most or all cases.
On Saturday, Rev. Al Sharpton reaffirmed his belief in Roe v. Wade and hosted Planned Parenthood at a meeting at National Action Network in Harlem.
One woman could be seen using a megaphone in order to get her message across
The message was clear from this couple: ‘Free, safe, legal abortion on demand’
Many of those gathered were able to make speeches outlining their position
One woman carried a poster with the image of a coat hanger which have traditionally been used in back street abortions in the past
The spirit of Ruth Bader Ginsberg lives on with a photo of her positioned at the protest
Many of those present created their own eye-catching signs
New York Attorney General Letitia James also attended an abortion-rights rally at the Nassau County courthouse in Mineola on Saturday.
‘I want young girls to control their future, their body ..this is an issue of autonomy over one’s body,’ James said.
Despite the rain and chilly temperatures, those attending felt it was important to be part of the movement of nationwide protests who want the Supreme Court to leave the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision alone.
‘It’s purely a matter of control. Of controlling women and others,’ said Manny Lomba.
Many of the women present each took time to voice their opinions on the matter
The protest took place at around 2pm on Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn
After each speaker had concluded their remarks, those gathered applauded
Oftentimes the message is a simple one
On Saturday, an outraged pro-choice protester sporting a one-piece bathing suit screamed ‘I’m killing the babies’ as she led a march of demonstrators targeting Catholic churches in New York City.
‘God killed his son, why can’t I?’ the protester, NYC-based performance artist Crackhead Barney, repeatedly screamed as she dangled a baby doll during a Saturday morning demonstration outside the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.
A smaller group of pro-life activists assembled on the steps of the iconic Manhattan church, facing the abortion advocates, and prayed the rosary. They also sang the hymn Ave Maria. es.
All six conservative justices on the United States’ highest court are Catholic.
Several pro-abortion groups pushed for for ‘actions outside of churches’ to kick off a ‘week of action’ to protest the Supreme Court opinion, which is not yet final.
Performance artist Crackhead Barney dangles a a baby doll during a Saturday morning demonstration outside the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City
Standing in a one-piece bathing suit, Crackhead Barney screamed: ‘I’m killing the babies’ and ‘God killed his son, why can’t I?’
The pro-abortion activists marched on St. Patrick’s Cathedral Saturday as pro-life advocates attempted to engage in their monthly demonstration.
The group typically marches from the church to a nearby Planned Parenthood clinic on the first Saturday of every month in an effort to protest abortion.
However, on Saturday they instead faced of with outraged pro-choice activists who fear the SCOTUS opinion may result in a federal abortion ban, which Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed was ‘possible’.
The pro-choice demonstrators sported signs with messages like ‘abortion is a gift,’ ‘anti-abortion laws kill us’ and ‘RIP Jesus, killed by “woke” deadbeat dad.’
The New York Young Republican Club, responding to the protest, applauded the members of its Catholic Caucus for ‘standing up for their beliefs and for the fundamental rights of all unborn Americans.’
‘Men sitting in the church’s rear pews were asked to pray outside to ensure that the leftist horde would not overrun the building,’ the organization added in a statement shared on Twitter.
Abortion-rights activists gather outside the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in downtown Manhattan on Saturday to voice their support for a woman’s right to choose
The pro-choice demonstrators sported signs with messages like ‘abortion is a gift,’ ‘anti-abortion laws kill us’ and ‘RIP Jesus, killed by “woke” deadbeat dad’
The protests at the Basilica of St. Patricks Old Cathedral, which have been occurring weekly and where a small number of anti-abortion activists worship, have been given added urgency by the recent leaked Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade
An abortion rights activists gathers outside the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City on Saturday. She is pictured holding a sign that reads: ‘My body is mine alone’
Nichole McClish, of Lansing, Michigan, holds a sign that reads ‘If men became pregnant abortion would be a sacrament,’ during a Planned Parenthood rally at the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday
Anti-abortion protesters wave religious-inspired signs during a demonstration in Chicago on Saturday
The leaked Supreme Court draft was written by Justice Samuel Alito, one of the six justices appointed by a Republican president who sit on the court, and repudiated both Roe v Wade and the 1992 Planned Parenthood vs Casey Decision.
Of the nine-member court’s six conservative members, five reportedly back the bombshell move to rescind abortion protections: Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas.
Gorsuch is Episcopalian, though he was raised Catholic. The other four are Catholic, as is Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative whose position on the opinion has not been reported.
If and when the draft is made final, the decision removes the federal right to abortion in America, leaving it up to elected officials in each state to decide whether or not women should have access to abortions.
Twenty-six states are likely to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is formally overturned, essentially outlawing abortion in more than half of the country. Eighteen states already have restrictive abortion laws in place.
The news sent shock waves throughout Washington D.C. with Democrats vowing to codify the legal right to an abortion into law and Republicans demanding an investigation into the leak, claiming it was done to try and influence the high court ahead of its formal ruling.