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Thousands protest the leaked SCOTUS ruling on abortion in NYC’s Foley Square

Thousands of protesters packed Foley Square on Tuesday to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the Roe v. Wade to overturn abortion rights a day after a draft advisory opinion was leaked.

New York State Attorney General Tish James railed against the leaked decision during a speech in the park in downtown Manhattan, while the crowd chanted slogans and held up signs reading “Abolish Patriarchy.”

“That’s a five-alarm fire, my friends,” James said.

“It’s a fight we all have to win. And I’m here to say we won’t go backwards. We will not go back to the days when we used wire hangers!”

The state will set up a fund for women who want to come to New York for a procedure as other states impose potential bans, she said.

The enraged crowd of pro-choice advocates joined in chants of “We will not go back” and “My body, my choice” and waved signs bearing images of bloody wire hangers and slogans such as “Break patriarchy.” “‘God Squad’ Fanatics Go to Hell”, “Pro-Abortion? Do a vasectomy.”

Abortion rights activists gather for a rally in Washington Square Park
Abortion rights activists gather for a May 3 rally in Washington Square Park.
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People march to Washington Square Park after a rally in support of abortion rights in Foley Square.
People march to Washington Square Park after a rally in support of abortion rights in Foley Square.
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Abortion rights activists gather for a rally in Washington Square Park
Thousands of protesters packed Foley Park and then Washington Square Park in Manhattan on May 3.
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Members of the group Abortion Access Front raised inflated cardboard cutouts of the heads of the six conservative justices at the country’s highest court – and then urged protesters to raise their middle fingers at the images.

“I’m telling jokes, and this dish is a joke,” comedian Amy Schumer said during a speech.

A protester had set up a Primal Scream Station where people could scream at snippets of the judges to commemorate the Roe v. pick up calf.

“Come up, yell at the judges!” cried Sarah Frazier of the group Abortion Access Front, a national organization that supports clinics and access to abortion.

“We built up a lot of anger and we also feel like humor is a way to fight through the noise and get your position heard,” she told the Post.

“We felt like today would be a good day and shout out to these five amazing pillars of justice,” she joked. “It was light cardio, just let it out, you know.”

Inwood resident Liana Stampur called the news “really depressing”.

“These are rights my mother was trying to secure for me and my own daughter,” said Stampur, 36.

“I’m really upset that we’re here and our choices are being taken away from us and it’s happening in 2022… I was just crying on the train reading the news this morning.”

People gather during a rally in support of abortion rights in Foley Square on Tuesday May 3, 2022 in New York, NY
Protesters surrounded Foley Square to protest the Supreme Court’s leaked opinion on the overthrow of Roe v. Wade to protest.
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Protesters hold the heads of the five Conservative Justices of the Supreme Court during the Foley Square rally.
Protesters hold the heads of the six Conservative Justices of the Supreme Court during the Foley Square rally.
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People gather in Foley Square during a rally in support of abortion rights
Comedian Amy Schumer spoke during the rally in Foley Square.
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Lauren Harrison, 45, who lives in Carrol Gardens, said she heard the news on a plane returning from Los Angeles and said there was a ripple effect in female passengers.

“The women all looked at each other and it was like, ‘How can this all happen?’ ‘ said Harrison, a school librarian, who wore a shirt that read, ‘My body has been my choice since 1973.’

Molly Gaebe, one of the organizers, called the rally a day to vent “anger and sadness” before regrouping to start the fight again.

People gather during a rally in support of abortion rights in Foley Square on Tuesday May 3, 2022 in New York, NY
A woman holds a placard that says a woman’s uterus is “mine.”
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New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks
New York Attorney General Letitia James claimed the leak of the Supreme Court decision was “a five-alarm fire” for women’s rights.
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People gather during a rally in support of abortion rights in Foley Square on Tuesday May 3, 2022 in New York, NY
Abortion groups distributed placards and signs during the abortion rights rally in Foley Square.
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“It’s not over yet. It’s going to be a long road,” Gaebe said. “We’re just creating a space here for people to let their emotions out so they can honestly get through the stages of grief so we can accept and then act.”

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