Thousands of liberal women rallied at the nation’s capital on Saturday, and abortion was the theme of the day.
In the first Women’s March since President Joe Biden took office, thousands went straight to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to chant “my body, my choice” as the court gets ready to convene and consider a Texas law that bans nearly all abortions after six weeks’ gestation, the Associated Press reported.
Women were reportedly wearing the signature pink hats, as well as T-shirts that said simply, “1973,” in reference to the year abortion was made legal through the Roe v. Wade decision.
The crowds were smaller than the millions they had been in 2017 after former President Donald Trump first took office, but they got their point across: they don’t want abortion rights to be restricted.
“We’ll take care of you”
Up to 650 smaller demonstrations took place around the country, the New York Post reported, and all of them were focused on abortion.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) spoke at rallies in Seneca Falls and Albany. “I’m sick and tired of having to fight over abortion rights,” she said, according to the AP. “It’s settled law in the nation and you are not taking that right away from us, not now not ever.”
She encouraged women who lived in restricted states to go to New York, which has unfettered rights to terminate the life of an unborn child right up to the moment of birth.
“You come to New York and we’ll take care of you,” she promised, according to the Post. “We’ll let you know that we protect your rights.”
Roe under threat?
If the Supreme Court allows the Texas restriction to stand, it will be the closest to overturning Roe v. Wade that any state has been allowed to come since the ruling almost 50 years ago.
Those who oppose abortion see the court’s possible upholding of the Texas law as a step toward reversing the federal legality of abortion in the U.S.
Even if Roe were overturned, however, states would still be able to make their own rules about the procedure’s legality.
The restriction in Texas is different because it empowers citizens to enforce it through the courts, rather than law enforcement doing so, as reports note.