Abortion Rights Protesters March in Austin After Supreme Court Draft Leak

Protesters gathered in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, 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.

These videos posted to Twitter by Stop The Sweeps ATX shows pro-abortion rights demonstrators marching in Austin, defying orders from police to clear the road.

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. Credit: Stop The Sweeps ATX via Storyful

Video transcript

[BACKGROUND CHATTER]

- On to the sidewalk.

[CHANTING]

- You're in violation of state law. [INAUDIBLE] roadway. If you do not move, you will be under arrest for obstructing the roadway or highway.

- [SPEAKING SPANISH]

- This is the Austin Police Department. You are violating state law. You must move out of the roadway immediately. If you do not move, you will be subject to your arrest for obstructing the roadway or highway.

[CHANTING]

- Weren't you being indicted for this two years ago?

[MUTED]

- Only we decide our fate.

- [MUTED]

- Only we decide our fate.

- [MUTED]

- Only we decide our fate.

[DRUMS]

[CHANTING]

- My choice!

- Your body, your choice.

- My body, my choice!

- Your body, your choice.

- My body, my choice.