‘We Won’t Go Back!’: Rapid-Response Protests Across US After Roe Reversal


“If there’s one thing we know,” said one campaigner, “it’s that no ruling, law, or decision is unchangeable. The rules are determined by who holds the power. So now we have to build the power to fight back.”

People and advocacy groups across the nation rushed to voice outrage and organize rapid-response demonstrations Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court’s right-wing supermajority voided half a century of reproductive rights by reversing the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling.

Protesters immediately descended upon the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. in the wake of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a 6-3 decision declaring that “the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion… and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives.”

Demonstrators chanted slogans including “We won’t go back!” and “My body, my choice!” as they rallied against the court’s right-wing majority. One activist held a sign defiantly proclaiming, “I will aid and abet abortion,” a reference to laws in states including Texas that outlaw the medical procedure and empower vigilantes to collect bounties on people seek one and those who help them….

Reproductive rights advocates rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on June 24, 2022 to protest the reversal of Roe v. Wade. (Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Andalou Agency via Getty Images)

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