NEW YORK (PIX 11)— New Yorkers were encouraged to channel their “rage into action” at an abortion-rights rally in Lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, said City Comptroller Brad Lander.
Lander tweeted about the rally, which started at 5 p.m. in Foley Square. He urged protesters to wear green.
“We must keep fighting for a democracy (with) autonomy for all.” Lander said in a tweet.
Minutes before the protest was set to begin, protestors like Thomas Basgil were packed inside the square. Police estimated there were at least 3,000 people gathered.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James, who attended the rally, shared her own personal experience having an abortion. She called the current situation a “five-alarm fire.”
“We will not go backwards,” an impassioned James said Tuesday. “We will not go back into those days when we used wire hangers — not now, not ever.”
The demonstration came on the heels of a leaked Supreme Court draft threatening to overturn the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade. The document was published Monday night by Politico and has triggered strong reactions from local politicians.
Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams assured New Yorkers abortion rights will remain legal in the state.
“New York City knows a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions are hers and hers alone… We’re ready to fight like hell,” Adams said in a tweet.
If overturned, it will be up to the individual states to decide whether they allow or ban abortion. In New York, the right will remain protected. The 2019 Reproductive Healthcare Act preserves abortions and decriminalizes the procedure for patients and the doctors who perform them.
The court opinion is just a draft and the final decision could come in July.