Abortion rights protests took place across the United States on Saturday, kick-starting what organizers are calling a “summer of rage.” Organizers said 20,000 people rallied in Washington, D.C., with over 10,000 more in New York. Protests took place in over 400 cities and towns as part of a coordinated day of action dubbed Bans Off Our Bodies. The protests came after the publication of a leaked draft opinion showed the Supreme Court was preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade. Speakers in Washington included Rachel O’Leary Carmona, the executive director of the Women’s March.
Rachel O’Leary Carmona: “Today is day one of an uprising to protect abortion rights. It is day one of our feminist future. And it is day one of a summer of rage, where we will be ungovernable. Ungovernable!”
Monica Simpson, the executive director of SisterSong, also spoke at the D.C. rally.
Monica Simpson: “We need you to get in this fight with us. We need you in every action. We need you in every state, in every place and everywhere to ensure that we have the reproductive justice that we deserve. I know it’s a hard fight, y’all. I know we’ve got the long haul to go, but if we stay connected, if we stay together, then I believe that we will win. Do y’all believe that we will win? I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win! I believe that we will — that’s what I’m talking about! Peace and blessings everybody. Thank y’all!”