Demonstrators Gather Outside US Supreme Court Following Abortion Draft Leak

Demonstrators gathered outside the US Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 3, following a leak on Monday night of a 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. The document indicated 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.

On Monday, Planned Parenthood said: “This is a draft opinion. It’s outrageous, it’s unprecedented, but it is not final.”

This footage, filmed by a reporter with The Washington Examiner, shows scenes outside the court on Tuesday. Credit: The Washington Examiner via Storyful

Video transcript

- This protest is sponsored by Disney.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- I'm just kidding. I'm just kidding Disney. I'm just kidding Disney. Please don't [INAUDIBLE].

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting