Pro-choice ‘Bans on Our Bodies’ Demonstrations Planned for All Week

LOS ANGELES, CA — Some abortion-rights advocates were expected to take their fight to area churches by Mother’s Day Sunday, kicking off a week of planned demonstrations against a likely U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Wade’s decision.

The demonstrations will reach their climax on Saturday when “Bans Our Bodies” rallies are scheduled across the United States, according to organizers.

The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had not yet announced any special law enforcement efforts as of Sunday morning.

“We are just monitoring social media and any calls for service,” a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Information Office told City News Service.

“To this day, we do not have any statement. But if something happens, we will be the first to know,” added a spokesperson for the LAPD Media Relations Division.

The activities were being organized by Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights.

“We refuse to allow the Supreme Court of the United States to take away the right to abortion,” the group promised on its Twitter page. “The leaked draft memo stating that the Supreme Court has struck down RoeVWade is an ATROCITY but it’s not law yet and doesn’t have to be but what they plan to do and will do if WE don’t stop them,” the group said.

Last week, the online magazine Politico reported that the high court had held a preliminary vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and the Planned Parenthood v. Casey from 1992, with Judge Samuel Alito writing the draft opinion. Chief Justice John Roberts later confirmed the accuracy of the report as he denounced the leak. Roberts also noted that it was only a preliminary vote and that the court had not yet issued a final ruling.

However, if the court does, which is expected by July at the latest, the issue of abortion would be left to individual states, with as many as 20 states poised to make it illegal.

On Saturday, dozens of people protested in West Hollywood and Culver City and at a variety of sites in other parts of California and across the country, including outside the Washington, DC-area homes of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Roberts. .

In West Hollywood, a crowd of mostly women protesters carried signs with slogans such as “We won’t go back,” “My body is my choice,” “Abortion on demand with no apologies” and “If it’s not your body, it’s not your body.” Your decision.”

The protest that began around noon on San Vicente and Santa Monica boulevards, went to La Cienega Boulevard, Melrose Avenue, Robertson Boulevard and back to San Vicente, said Sgt. E. Jalvez of the LASD West Hollywood Station.

Agents provided traffic control to keep protesters safe, he said.

Dozens of protesters also gathered at Veterans Memorial Park in Culver City, led by a coalition of community groups and elected officials.

“While there are many local and national demonstrations planned for May 14, there is no time to wait to get involved in defending an American woman’s right to her own autonomy,” said Culver City Councilwoman Yasmine-Imani McMorrin. . “In 2022, we are still fighting for so many basic human rights. I believe abortion is health care and I am determined to do everything I can locally to support women/people who can get pregnant and their access to reproductive care. .”

At least two rallies in Los Angeles are scheduled for the May 14 protest day, one at 9 a.m. as part of a larger, previously planned Women’s March at 350 W. First St. and at noon in Grand Park. , 200 N. Grand Ave.

city ​​news service

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