There appeared to be no let-up Saturday as people angered by the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade hit the streets for a second day of mass protests.
From Washington, D.C., where the conservatives on the court Friday swept aside a half-century of precedent to do away with the law, all the way to the West Coast, there were angry, raucous protests against a ruling that almost immediately made access to abortions all-but-impossible in half the country.
Those protests were, at times, met with counter-protests by anti-abortion activists elated by the ruling and determined to stop abortions from happening everywhere in the United States.
Outside the Supreme Court building, a group of protesters chanting “Women’s rights are human rights” confronted a preacher who had waded into the mix and appeared to be trying to drown them out.
Listen to me, our religious convictions inform everything we do,” the Rev. Jonathan Tremaine Thomas said.
Soon anti-abortion protesters arrived chanting “Abortion is racist” and “Abortion is oppression” and were met with loud booing as police officers stood by ready to move in if necessary.
Watching from her wheelchair was 52-year-old Dana Bolles, an ardent abortion rights supporter who was born without arms or legs.
“A lot of the pro-lifers would say, ‘Well you would have been aborted’,” Bolles said. “I mean, so be it. If that was the decision, then that’s what it was.”
Protests at the Supreme Court on Saturday were peaceful. Capitol Police said that two people were arrested Saturday afternoon, accused of throwing paint over a fence by the Supreme Court building.
The momentous struggle over abortion spilled over into the first-ever Unity March, a rally that was happening in Washington at the same time to protest against rising anti-Asian violence in the United States.