August 15, 2022

Thousands flock to Women’s March in DC to pressure Biden on abortion rights

The Women’s March organization marched through the streets of the nation’s capital on Saturday “Fight for abortion rights“As Almost two dozen states Action for stay of practice followed by Supreme Court annulment Roe v. Wade Two weeks ago.

Thousands Protesters gathered Saturday morning in Franklin Square before heading to the White House in the afternoon.

The rally aims to put pressure on President Joe Biden and his administration Declare a national public health emergency According to the Women’s March, issue and take administrative action to protect abortion rights.

The demonstration came a day after Biden signed an executive order directing the Department of Health and Human Services to increase access. Abortion pills and protect access Emergency medical care and family planning services, including various forms of contraception, the White House said in a news release.

Abortion rights activists protested by hanging green flags on the fence outside the White House during a rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.Jose Luis Magana / AB

The order seeks to protect patients’ privacy and access to accurate information and improve the safety and security of patients, providers and clinics, the White House said.

“Yesterday was a good first step, but it was a first step,” Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March, said before a crowd of demonstrators on Saturday. “We know there are limits to President Biden’s power, but we want him to push that power to the limit.”

Biden’s emergency announcement could unlock additional funding and resources to help local governments meet the demand for reproductive health services, according to the Women’s March. This opens the door for the federal government to use additional resources to prevent negative impact Abortion is banned in some states.

On Friday, Louisiana joins nine other statesMost of them are in the south Illegal abortion.

So far, Ohio, Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida have restricted access to abortion, but not banned the procedure. Eight states have abortion bans pending It may come into effect later in the year.

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are among the 21 states where abortion is still legal. It took the first step to amend the state constitution Friday, giving voters the option to declare whether abortion should be considered a constitutional right early next year.

Against this backdrop, abortion rights advocates in Washington have stepped up efforts to pressure the Biden administration on abortion rights.

Like a mass march instead Organized in May Organizers of the Women’s March described Saturday’s protests as “targeted non-cooperation” following a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion rejecting Roe. Providing training to participants Prior to the event the likelihood of arrest is increased.

Hannah Warren traveled from New Jersey to participate in Saturday’s demonstration. He joined the practice before joining the crowd in front of the White House on Friday night.

“Everybody felt calm. Mad, angry, furious, yes. But calm,” Warren told NBC News.

After the demonstrators arrived at the White House in the rain, many wearing green bandanas, they began chanting “Ban our bodies” and “Stand up Joe Biden.”

A sit-in that lasted about 45 minutes was also staged directly in front of the White House fence.

No arrests had been made as of Saturday afternoon.

Joe Richards And Jonathan Allen Contributed.