May 14, 2022 - Politics & Policy

In photos: Abortion rights activists rally in D.C.

Abortion rights activist rallying at the Washington Monument on May 14.

Abortion rights activists rally at the Washington Monument on May 14. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Thousands of people rallied in support of abortion rights at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., on Saturday and more are expected to join for a march to the Supreme Court.

Why it matters: The demonstrations in D.C. and other cities are in response to a recently leaked draft opinion by the Supreme Court, which suggested that the conservative-majority court is prepared to overturn or significantly alter Roe v. Wade.

  • Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the authenticity of the leak earlier this month but stressed that it did not represent the court's final decision.

The big picture: The Bans Off Our Bodies events were organized by several groups, including the Women’s March and Planned Parenthood, and thousands of protesters are expected to participate, according to the Washington Post.

In photos:
Abortion rights activist rallying at the Washington Monument on May 14.
Abortion rights activists rally at the Washington Monument on May 14. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images
Abortion rights activist rallying at the Washington Monument on May 14.
Abortion rights activists demonstrate at the Washington Monument on May 14. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images
An abortion rights activist and a counter demonstrator at the Washington Monument on May 14.
An abortion-rights activist and a counter-demonstrator at the Washington Monument on May 14. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
Abortion rights activists demonstrating at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., on May 14.
Abortion rights activists demonstrate at the Washington Monument on May 14. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images
An abortion rights activist holding a sign at the Washington Monument on May 14.
An abortion rights activist holds a sign at the Washington Monument on May 14. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images
Demonstrators gather outside Houston City Hall during a Bans Off Our Bodies rally on May 14. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP
Abortion rights activists carry protest signs at the Women's March Foundation's national day of action! "The Bans Off Our Bodies" reproductive rights rally at Los Angeles City Hall on May 14 in Los Angeles. Photo: Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage

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