What you need to know about the abortion rights protest in DC this weekend – NBC4 Washington

What to know

  • The Bans Off Our Bodies protest in Washington, DC, is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
  • Parking restrictions and street closures are expected; participants are encouraged to take the subway.
  • Speakers include US Representative Barbara Lee, who is outspoken about getting an abortion as a teenager.

A leaked draft advisory suggesting Supreme Court justices are about to overthrow Roe v. Wade has sparked a wave of pro-abortion rights protests, culminating in a large demonstration for Saturday in Washington, D.C.

What is the ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ protest?

The Bans Off Our Bodies demonstration, co-hosted by the Women’s March, is expected to draw up to 17,000 people to the National Mall, according to a permit approved by the National Park Service.

Authorities are encouraging people to avoid the National Mall area if they are not demonstrating. Parking restrictions and street closures apply; participants are encouraged to take the subway.

At the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a podium with a large banner that reads “forbidden on our bodies.” Reproductive rights advocates have their say.

A professor of women’s studies at George Mason University spoke to News4 about the history of abortion. Reporter Aimee Cho also spoke to an anti-abortion activist who said she once considered having an abortion when she became pregnant as a teenager.

In addition to the major demonstration in DC, more than 350 accompanying events are planned across the country.

Here’s what you need to know about the abortion rights protest in DC this weekend.

When is the ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ protest in DC?

The protest will take place on Saturday 14 May.

Events include a rally at the Washington Monument at 12:30 p.m. and then a march to the Supreme Court at 2 p.m. The protest is expected to end around 4 p.m.

Who are the protest speakers of ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’?

Event organizers say lawmakers and advocates will speak about reproductive rights, including U.S. Representative Barbara Lee, who is outspoken about terminating a pregnancy as a teen.

  • Laphonza Butler, Emily’s List
  • Barbara Lee, Congresswoman
  • Mary Kay Henry, SEIUC
  • dr. Peggy Ye, Reproductive Health Doctors
  • Rachel O’Leary Carmona, Women’s March
  • Sonja Spoo, Ultraviolet
  • Sarah Eagleheart, Women’s March
  • Anne Maria Bantize, National Latina Institute of Reproductive Rights
  • Councilor Janice Lewis George, DC
  • NoNo Taylor, Harriet’s wildest dreams
  • Toshi Reagon (with a musical performance)

What are the road closures and no parking zones?

The DC Police Department says drivers may encounter street closures and no parking zones, but had not released a full list Friday morning.

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