The cities in the United States will see on Saturday more than 600 “Rally for Abortion Justice” marches gathering the women and women’s rights activists in support of reproductive rights with the largest rally expected in Washington, CNN reports.
The rallies are organized by The Women’s March in partnership with more than 90 groups, including the nonprofit Planned Parenthood Federation of America, that provides reproductive health care, and the progressive public policy research and advocacy organization Center for American Progress.
Saturday’s marches come as the most restrictive anti-abortion bill yet went into effect in Texas, the flashpoint in the nation’s battle over abortion rights, which banned abortions after six weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest.
In the month since the enactment of the law, abortion clinics are struggling to survive due to decreased patient visits and some staff quitting after hundreds of Texan women have driven to other states for abortions or have sought abortion-inducing pills by mail.
The Women’s March stressed in their tweet that women, faced with the most dire threat to abortion access in their lifetime, are at grave risk of losing their reproductive freedoms and need to fight back.
Activists now fear that the Supreme Court’s refusal on September 1 to block the Texas bill upon request from the abortion and women’s health provider, will empower other states to follow suit.
Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of Women’s March, pointed that the number of marches scheduled for Saturday is second only to the their first protest the day after former President Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017, which mobilized millions of people around the world to rally against him.
The protesters in Washington, DC, will march to the US Supreme Court that in two days reconvenes for a session in which it will consider a Mississippi case that could enable the justices to overturn abortion rights established in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case.
Carmona pointed to this fact when claiming this is kind of a break-glass moment for folks all across the country.