Massive crowds gathered outside Philadelphia City Hall Tuesday night after the Supreme Court’s draft opinion on Roe v. Wade was leaked Monday. Hundreds marched late into the night for what they call mass pressure to preserve abortion rights.
Chants like “We’re going to keep on marching, keep on fighting, fighting up to freedom land,” and “My body, my choice, my body, my choice,” were heard during the evening.
The protests came after a 98-page draft, authored by Judge Samuel Alito and distributed inside the conservative-dominated court, was leaked by the media outlet Politico.
The text cites the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision enshrining abortion rights as “appallingly wrong from the start,” and that “should be overturned.”
InRoe v. Wade, the country’s Supreme Court held that access to abortion is awoman’s constitutional right.
On the other side, those who are against abortion celebrated the Supreme Court’s draft opinion.
“We’re happy to see women cared for by not having abortions and, of course, the fundamental right is the right to life and the unborn are humans,” said Tony Stevens with the Pro-life Union of Greater Philadelphia, quoted by Fox29.
Reproductive rights have come under threat in the United States recently, as some states tightened restrictions.
Right-wing politicians have launched an attack on abortion rights, while Democrats are fighting to protect access to the procedure.
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