NEW YORK — One day laterrallies and marches took place across New York City as protesters for and against abortion rights made their voices heard.
As CBS2’s Thalia Perez reports, abortion rights advocates rallied in Washington Square Park on Saturday afternoon.
“I think it’s worth taking the time out of our day to step in. I think you have to come here a few times a week to do it, if necessary,” protester Jordon Hargrove said.
A woman named Anne and her 18-year-old daughter, Makayla, arrived from New Jersey. Anne says she is a mother of four and it was difficult to explain the Supreme Court decision to her daughter.
“I just explain to him that it’s… You don’t have to have an abortion, but you have the right to do so,” she said.
On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that provided a constitutional right to abortion. The decision has already led to abortion bans in six states and possibly 20 more states in the future.
“The way my mom raised me was always to speak your mind no matter what. Always speak your mind, always stand up for what you believe in, and that’s what I do,” Makayla said.
Earlier, dozens of members of the Rise Up for Abortion Rights organization gathered in Union Square.
Emma Kaplan organized the event.
“I don’t want to live in a world where the state monitors women’s bellies,” she said. “And anyone with a heart or a thirst for justice who cares about young girls and women, not wanting to see 13-year-old girls forced into giving birth against their will, should be here with us.”
Near that protest, Denon Woodhouse and other abortion rights opponents also gathered, saying they celebrated on Friday and it didn’t matter that the gathering of abortion rights advocates outnumbered theirs. own Saturday.
“If I know that in the eyes of God it’s wrong, right is right and wrong is wrong, no matter what they say about it,” Woodhouse said.
“I believe abortion is murder, don’t you? Even if they sign it, they signed the death warrant. Abortion is murder,” another protester said.
Earlier Saturday, Governor Kathy Hochul intervened.
“We already took action as soon as we heard about the leaked decision. We knew this was coming and we allocated over $35 million to really strengthen our abortion services, protect providers, make sure that ‘there is a lot of capacity and ability to care for not just New York women, but…that New York can be a beacon of hope, a safe haven for people who come from elsewhere,’ said she declared.
In Union Square, protesters said they would not stand down until their demands were met.
“I’m 24. I’m the age where I could very easily get pregnant. It’s really scary to live in a world knowing that if I get pregnant I might not have anyone to turn to. “said one woman.
These protesters say they will continue to speak out and gather in the streets. More protests are planned for Sunday.