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Protesters gather in Union Square to denounce the assault on reproductive rights

On Tuesday, International Women’s Day, March 8, demonstrators gathered in Union Square to protest the growing abuses of reproductive rights.

Activist veterans with decades of support for women’s right to choose, to have autonomy over their own bodies addressed a growing cross-generational crowd.

In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that the Constitution protects a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion without undue government interference.

The acapella group Betty sings “Rise”.(Photo by Tequila Minsky)

In September, the Supreme Court approved Senate Bill 8—SB 8—in Texas, the “most restrictive [abortion law] in the country,” according to the New York Times. Under this bill, it is illegal for a woman to have an abortion six weeks into her pregnancy, with no exceptions for victims of rape or incest. The bill encourages citizens to report anyone, including clinic staff, helping to provide abortion access.

Last week, Republican lawmakers in Florida passed a bill banning abortion after 15 weeks, nine weeks earlier than currently permitted there. Florida Governor DeSantis plans to sign the bill into law.

The 49-year-old Supreme Court ruling is now under threat of being overturned, resulting in the loss of access to safe abortions for millions of women.

The coat hanger, a brutal symbol of self-abortion.(Photo by Tequila Minsky)

The banner on the stage behind the speakers shouted their sentiments: We refuse to let the Supreme Court deny the humanity of women and decimate their rights.

Protesters lined up behind an orange banner reading RiseUp4Abortion.org as they left Union Square.

Chanting “Out of the gates and into the streets, we won’t be going back!” activists, distributing informative leaflets, crossed 14and Street and walk down Second Avenues before heading west on Third Street. Gathering briefly at the Bowery intersection, snarling traffic, they continued west, past NYU before heading into Washington Square Park.

A quote from RGB.(Photo by Tequila Minsky)
A host of lifelong activists spoke their truth about the difficult times of the past and the need to maintain abortion rights for women.(Photo by Tequila Minsky)