Thousands march for abortion rights in DC, nationwide

WASHINGTON – Thousands of abortion rights advocates turned out in Washington, D.C. on Saturday and across the US to protest the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“I’m out here today because I had an abortion and I was able to do it safely, and I really believe that all women should have access, just like I was able to access safely and securely,” Gabrielle Jennings said. , one of many attendees at Saturday’s Women’s Day March on Washington, DC

The DC protest began with a rally and then a march from Folger Park to the US Capitol. It was one of many such nationwide rallies organized by the Women’s March as part of a “Women’s Wave” day of action.

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People march towards the US Capitol Building during a Women’s March rally on October 8, 2022 in Washington, DC

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Protesters carried signs that read: “We’re never going back,” “Roe is legal” and “The hardest decision a woman can make is not yours.”

Two women wore costumes from the TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

David Walsh, who was wearing a pro-Roe shirt, told CBS News he was there to support his wife and two daughters.

“I think it’s important, as an adult, and especially as an adult man, to show my family that I support their interests and believe in what they believe in as well,” Walsh said. “But I think it’s important for them to see me being an activist for what I believe in, whether it’s that or something that I personally feel good about. They need to see me be an activist because that’s how change happens.”

JaPera Stith, who took a three-hour bus ride with a friend to DC, said she was also at the event to show support for women’s rights.

“Women’s rights are about their bodies,” Stith said. “So they should have the choice to do what they want with their bodies and I don’t like how men have so much say in that decision when they can’t get pregnant.”

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The Women’s March rally on October 8, 2022 in Washington, DC

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There was a small group of counter-protesters at the DC event. CBS News saw a woman being taken into custody by police, but specific details were not immediately confirmed.

The event also comes about a month before the midterm elections, with the issue of abortion expected to be high on voters’ minds.

Davis Reginald, who attended the march with the health care union SEIU 1199, said that along with women’s rights, he was marching for the right to vote.

“The right to vote is important because my ancestors fought for us to have the right to vote and I believe we should exercise that right because a lot of people sacrificed a lot for that right,” Reginald said.

Meanwhile, Zohreh Khayam, originally from Iran, wanted to draw attention to the death of Mahsa Amini. Amini, 22, died after being detained by Iran’s so-called “morality police” last month in Tehran for violating the country’s strict Islamic dress code. Death has sparked weeks of anti-government protests both in Iran and worldwide.

Khayam calls for solidarity.

“They are not exposed to the possibility of making decisions about their bodies, about their appearance, about the way they dress,” Khayam said. “And one of my hopes for coming today is for American women to support the Iranian people by going to the American government and asking them to intervene in terms of what’s going on in the world and in terms of the treatment of women. in Iran”.

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