In a 6–3 decision by the conservative majority, the court overturned its 1973 opinion in Roe v. Wade and upheld Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. That will give states — mostly in the South and Midwest — the ability to outlaw the medical procedure, forcing people to travel long distances to places where it’s still legal. For many, however, that’s cost prohibitive.
Demonstrations were also planned for major metro areas across the US Friday evening, including in Los Angeles and in New York, where hundreds of people gathered Washington Square Park.
Lizz Winstead, the co-creator of the Daily Show and now-abortion rights activist who runs Abortion AF, said Friday was “the worst day of my life.”
“It doesn’t affect me, I use my uterus for storage now,” she said while demonstrating at the park. “It affects me because it affects other people. I’m a human being in the world. I’ve had abortions. I have privilege. I’m out here because I’m not of reproductive age, which means I can work my ass off with organizations who are funding abortions as we speak.”
Others in the crowd included Anna, Linda, Constance, and Becca.
“Its not just about me,” Anna said. “It’s about all the women that will suffer, and the people that will die.”
“My first thought was, ‘I can never leave New York now,” Constance added. “We have family in Georgia and cousins in other sides who want us all to be together, and now I’m like — yeah no.”