Protests erupt in cities from Washington to Los Angeles after Supreme Court’s abortion decision

Similar demonstrations are planned in at least 70 locations across the country on Friday and the weekend, according to CNN’s investigation. Organizations like Planned Parenthood, Bans Off Our Bodies and Women’s March are among the groups organizing the events.

In the country’s capital, a person on Friday led protesters before the Supreme Court in a chant of “Hands off! Hands off!” and a call-and-answer of “My body! My choice!”

“It’s illegal. Abortion bans are illegal,” the woman said. “Forced maternity is illegal.”

Protesters asked those in attendance to donate to abortion advocates and to buy abortion pills to distribute to others.


Opponents of abortion rights also attended in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. After the decision was made, a man — who was surrounded by placards reading “Roe is dead” and “I’m the generation after Roe” — sprayed champagne into the air over others celebrating. There were several dozen abortion rights opponents at the site in the afternoon, but it seemed they had been filtered out of the crowd by evening.

The demonstration has been peaceful and there have been no arrests or reason for the Capitol Police to intervene. Law enforcement is in attendance as authorities remain concerned about domestic violence extremists who may see the large crowds as an opportunity for violence.

In New York’s Greenwich Village, thousands of people marched and sang in the streets in a peaceful demonstration. One of the chants aimed the f-word at Judge Brett Kavanaugh. There were some anti-abortion activists at the march, but they kept a low profile and there were no clashes by the CNN crew walking with the protesters.

Protesters in Los Angeles blocked Highway 110 as it ran through downtown, blocking traffic. While abortion will remain legal in California, protesters said they expressed concern and support for women in other states.

In Atlanta, several hundred people gathered in two different demonstrations and gathered in front of the Capitol. Almost all people protested against the decision. A CNN crew spotted a counter-protester as a group began its march a few miles away.

In Texas, a large crowd gathered in front of a federal courthouse in downtown Austin. People went to a microphone to tell stories, a lot of fear and frustration. Some carried placards, including one that read, “Pro-life is a lie, they don’t care if we die.”

In Washington DC, an abortion rights activist climbed to the top of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, which was subsequently closed. Guido Reichstadter posted videos and photos of himself on social media from the top of the bridge, where he unfolded a large green banner. Green is recognized as a symbol of abortion rights.

Reichstadter also planted a flag on the bridge that read “Don’t tread on my womb.”

He told CNN that while many people in the US oppose the Supreme Court decision, their support is largely passive, which he says isn’t enough to ensure women across the country have access to abortions.

Camila Bernal, Gary Tuchman, Whitney Wild, Eliott C. McLaughlin, Sharif Paget, Sara Smart and Nick Valencia of CNN contributed to this report.

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