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Students stage school strike against SCOTUS abortion leak

Hundreds of New York high school students put down their pencils and picked up placards on Thursday to denounce the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion expected to prove Roe v. Wade will fall.

Water-drenched teenagers – poignant signs in Washington Square Park’s fountain with phrases like “Not your womb, not your opinion” – told the Post they plan to protest the expected verdict every week until the final opinion is released.

“It’s so dangerous not to have an abortion right, especially in dire circumstances,” said Castle Bloodgood, 15, an iSchool student from Jackson Heights, Queens. “That’s why this is important to me.”

The students, who hailed from high schools in the boroughs including at least Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, marched from Union Square to Greenwich Village Park in what they say was their second and largest strike yet.

“The idea is to create the kind of movement in the streets that suggests we won’t allow the Supreme Court to rule Roe v. overthrow Wade,” said Michelle Xai, referring to the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

New York high school students staged a walkout to protest the Supreme Court ruling that Roe v. Wade could possibly fall.
New York high school students staged a walkout to protest the Supreme Court ruling that Roe v. Wade could possibly fall.
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Hundreds of students gathered at the Washington Square Park fountain for the pro-abortion rally on May 12, 2022.
Hundreds of students gathered at the Washington Square Park fountain for the pro-abortion rally on May 12, 2022.
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Xai, an organizer from Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights – a group that planned the strike – said she and the other teens were “fighting to have students disrupt normal business to demand that the Supreme Court overturn the right of the… does not stop women from abortion”.

As they walked through downtown Manhattan, the students chanted “Who’s choice? My choice. Whose body? My body” and expletives like “Post Roe? Fk no.”

Some carried signs that read “If It’s Not Your Body, It’s Not Your Choice”.

Some students plan to continue protesting each week until the court's decision is announced.
Some students plan to continue protesting each week until the court’s decision is announced.
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Many of the high school students brought signs saying Roe v. Wade was asked to stay.
Many of the high school students brought signs saying Roe v. Wade was told to stay put.
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Students came to the park from schools across the city.
Students came to the park from schools across the city.
William Farington

The strike came more than a week after Judge Samuel Alito’s draft majority opinion was leaked to Politico, sparking protests and outrage among pro-choice protesters and groups. The Supreme Court’s final decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization could be released as early as next month.

“It just limits women’s rights and their ability to participate in society,” Zanny Fox, 15, a student at Brooklyn’s Midwood High School, said of the expected verdict.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/12/students-stage-school-walkout-against-scotus-abortion-leak/ Students stage school strike against SCOTUS abortion leak

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