Abortion Rights Protesters Gather in New York After Supreme Court Draft Leak

Protesters gathered in New York to call for abortion rights on May 3, after the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion indicating a majority of the court is prepared to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade decision.

The draft opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito in February, was obtained by Politico. According to the document, the court had voted to strike down the decision, which guaranteed federal abortion protections since 1973, and would bring an end to the “guarantee of federal constitutional protection of abortion rights and allow each state to decide whether to restrict or ban abortion,” Politico said.

Politico reported the obtained draft majority opinion from Justice Samuel Alito on May 2, which sparked a snap protest outside the Supreme Court at the time.

Protests were held in other major cities on May 3, including outside the Supreme Court in Washington.

This video posted to Twitter by Eden Brower shows a crowd in New York’s Foley Square. Credit: Eden Brower via Storyful

Video transcript

- To stand up against those right wing ideologues and let them know it's our body and our choice!

[CHEERING]

- To continue with these types of actions until that decision comes out. And I want you to know that we can turn it around. And if we can't turn around the United States Supreme Court, let us turn around this country!

[CHEERING]

- Let us vote! Let us vote! Let our voices be heard! And I think you know, that New York is an access state, and that New York is a beacon of hope.

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