Abortion Draft Leak Prompts Demonstrations Outside Supreme Court

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.”

Video taken by Brendan Gutenschwager shows protesters outside the Supreme Court building in Washington on Tuesday afternoon. Credit: Brendan Gutenschwager via Storyful

Video transcript

- Abortion no.

- Hands off our rights.

- Ain't no power like the power of people because the power of people don't stop. Say what?

- Ain't no power like the power of people because the power of people don't stop.

- Say what?

- Ain't no power like the power of people because the power of people don't stop.

- Hey, what?

- When abortion rights are under attack, what do we do?

- Get off our backs.

- When abortion rights are under attack, what do we do?

- Get off our backs.

- When access to abortion is under attack, what do we do?

- Get off my back.

- When reproductive justice is under attack, what do we do?

- When I say bans off, you say our bodies. Bans off!

- Our bodies.

- Bans off.

- Our bodies.

- Bans off.

- Our bodies.

- Bans off. Our bodies.

- Abortion is health care. Abortion is health care. Abortion is health care. Abortion is health care.

- Our bodies, our strength.

- Look what I got done, let me have fast.

[CHEERING]

- Less war, more peace.

- Less war, more peace.

- Less war, more peace.

- Less war, more peace.

- Let's bear, hard piece.

- Less war, more peace.

[CHANTING]

- Put freedom, freedom on me.

- Women are not incubators. Women are not incubators. Women are not incubators. Women are not incubators. Women are not incubators.

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