Protest Latest: NY, DC Marches Grow as Justice’s Home Targeted
Thousands of demonstrators in major cities across the US from New York to Los Angeles
held largely peaceful protests in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade.
In many places, crowds picked up after people got off work for the day,
with protesters chanting, marching and carrying signs.
Roe v. Wade protected the constitutional right to abortion. Overturning the ruling leaves it to individual
states to decide whether abortions are allowed, and in what circumstances.
The May 2 leak of a draft opinion to strike down Roe sparked nationwide protests from abortion supporters.
The Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research group,
said 26 states are “certain or likely” to ban or limit abortion in the absence of Roe,
while 16 states have laws that protect the right to abortion.
About 20 protesters were gathered outside the entrance to a residential community where Justice Clarence
Thomas resides in the Washington suburb of Fairfax, Virginia. Several people had
megaphones and other noisemakers like tambourines, pans, and a bucket.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote the court’s opinion, and was joined by Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.