Abortion rights march brings hundreds from Brooklyn to Manhattan

Hundreds upon hundreds of abortion rights supporters marched from Brooklyn to Manhattan on Saturday in one of several mass rallies across the country protesting the reported impending end of Roe v. Wade.

Abortion rights advocates in major US cities mobilized in a show of force over the weekend, with other large demonstrations in cities including Washington DC and Los Angeles.

Originating in Cadman Plaza Park, the march took protesters through the streets and over the Brooklyn Bridge, traveling to Foley Square in Lower Manhattan.

The atmosphere in Brooklyn was lively and energetic, with several children and families in attendance, despite the anger and stories of illegal abortions that have fueled similar protests in recent weeks. Abortion rights supporters have taken to the streets to express their anguish over a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion showing a majority in favor of ending the court’s longstanding position on abortion rights. .

Advocates have denounced the impact this will have in particular on low-income women of color who come from states that are poised to curb access to abortion, should the ruling become final.

Music blared from speakers in Cadman Plaza as some protesters danced to the beat. Several smiled as they chanted and sang. One yelled “I love protests!” of the moving crowd.

Isla Grant-Reyes, an 11-year-old girl from Brooklyn who showed up to the protest with her family, expressed her anger to Gothamist.

“I am here because I want to be able to terminate my pregnancy if necessary,” she said. “I don’t want to be a 15-year-old girl who is pregnant. That is her choice, and it should be her choice. I’m here because I deserve rights.”

Elected officials held a press conference in a nearby park before joining the march. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and New York City Mayor Eric Adams joined a list of other prominent politicians, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and New York Attorney General Tish James, to pledge support from Democrats for the protection of reproductive rights.

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