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'Time to take to the streets': Mobilizations planned as Supreme Court targets Roe
Abortion rights advocates geared up to mobilize in the nation's capital and across the United States on Tuesday following the leak of a draft decision signaling that the Supreme Court's right-wing majority is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade."People should take to the streets across the...
Abortion rights advocates geared up to mobilize in the nation's capital and across the United States on Tuesday following the leak of a draft decision signaling that the Supreme Court's right-wing majority is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.
"People should take to the streets across the country."
While the decision outlined in the draft opinion—authored by Justice Samuel Alito—is not yet final, it would strike a devastating blow to reproductive rights in large swaths of the U.S. Experts at the Guttmacher Institute have estimated that if the landmark 1973 decision is overturned, 26 states are "certain or likely" to completely outlaw abortion.
At least 13 states—including Arkansas, Kentucky, Utah, and Louisiana—currently have in place so-called "trigger laws" that would ban abortion in all or most cases automatically if the Supreme Court ends Roe.
The high court's final ruling in the closely watched case, which is centered on an abortion ban in Mississippi, is expected within the next two months.
"We're mobilizing," Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, tweeted in the wake of Politico's report on the draft, which set off widespread outrage and spurred flash protests outside the Supreme Court Monday night.
"Be at SCOTUS or any federal courthouse tomorrow at 5 pm," Thomas wrote late Monday. "The leaked draft decision overturning Roe has confirmed everything we knew about this court's intentions and it is giving us an opportunity to show them how ungovernable we will be if they follow through."
An end to Roe is an outcome that right-wing forces in the U.S., backed by corporate power and cash, have been working toward for decades—and they appear prepared to take full advantage should the high court ultimately rule in their favor.