In light of the news of the potential overturn of Roe v. Wade, major activist groups are collectively taking a stance and organizing a rally in support of abortion rights.
The rally is set to take place on Saturday, May 14 at noon in D.C. at the Northeast side of the Washington Monument. Around 2 p.m. the participants plan to march to the Supreme Court, according to the event notice.
They have similar demonstrations planned in Baltimore, Md., Richmond, Va. and other cities in the country.
It is estimated that around 17,000 people will participate in the rally, according to the rally’s permit.
“This Saturday, we’re marching to the Supreme Court to show them that abortion access has to be protected and supported – and that we won’t back down,” the organization tweeted.
“Bans Off Our Bodies” is being organized by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Women’s March, MoveOn, UltraViolet, the Liberate Abortion Coalition, and other groups, officials say.
“Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Women’s March, MoveOn, and UltraViolet have joined with allies across the progressive movement to ensure that millions of people turn out for mobilizations across the country to demonstrate that support for abortion is widely and deeply felt. Together we will send a strong message that abortion access must be protected and supported. We invite you to join these efforts during this moment of crisis. It is necessary that to act now, all across the country, not only to demonstrate that people support abortion access, but to show that we won’t back down,” Women’s March said.
In late April, Politico released a leaked draft opinion of the Supreme Court possibly overturning the case of Roe v. Wade which granted people the right to abortion in the U.S.
However, in recent months the discussion over abortion has become a topic of debate, especially after Texas’ passed a law in 2021 that restricted abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
More recently, abortion access was one of the defining topics in Virginia’s Gubernatorial race between Terry McCauliffe and Glenn Youngkin in 2021. Currently, Virginia sits on the edge of the decision. The state’s senate breaks nearly down the middle between party lines, leaving democrats in the majority with 21 elected officials and republicans in the minority with 19 elected officials.