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Supporters and Opponents of Abortion Rights Hold Competing Rallies on Anniversary of Dobbs Ruling

HeadlineJun 26, 2023

Hundreds of abortion rights supporters rallied in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, marking the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn abortion rights under the 1973 ruling, Roe v. Wade. This is one of the protesters, Nadine Seiler.

Nadine Seiler: “We need to be engaged. If we don’t show up and if we don’t participate, we get what we get. And what we get is our rights taken away.”

The protests came as anti-choice activists also rallied in the capital. Former vice president and 2024 Republican presidential hopeful Mike Pence told a gathering of Christian conservatives the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe was “a historic victory,” but said it didn’t go far enough — and called for a nationwide 15-week ban on abortions.

Mike Pence: “Because of your work and because of your prayers, the Supreme Court of the United States sent Roe v. Wade to the ash heap of history, where it belongs, and gave America a new beginning for life.”

We’ll have more on the fight over reproductive rights in the U.S. later in the broadcast with Amy Littlefield, abortion access correspondent at The Nation.

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