Bans Off Our Bodies Marches Start Summer for Abortion Rights Activists

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Proponents of abortion rights will hold rallies around the country on Saturday, beginning off what organizers predict will be a “summer of rage” if the Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion worldwide, Reuters reports.

More than 300 Bans Off Our Bodies marches have been planned on Saturday, with the greatest crowds expected in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Chicago, according to Planned Parenthood, Women’s March, and other abortion rights organizations.

The protests follow the May 2 leak of a draft judgment showing the court’s conservative majority poised to overturn the 1973 landmark decision that established a federal constitutional right to abortion.

The court’s ultimate decision, which may provide states the authority to prohibit abortion, is likely in June. Following the Roe v. Wade decision, over half of the states in the United States might prohibit or severely restrict abortion.

Bans Off Our Bodies supporters expect hundreds of thousands of people to attend Saturday’s activities, which they expect to be the first of many planned demonstrations in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Democrats, who now control the White House and both houses of Congress, are hoping that public outrage at the Supreme Court ruling will help their candidates win in November’s midterm elections.

Demonstrators have rallied outside the residences of Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh in the last week after the leaked opinion revealed that they voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Students for Life of America, an anti-abortion activist organization with branches on college campuses around the country, said Saturday that it will organize countermarches in nine locations across the country, including Washington.

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