MANHATTAN, N.Y. (PIX11) — Outraged New Yorkers will gather at several Manhattan landmarks Friday evening to protest the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade and allowed states to ban abortions.
The group NYC for Abortion Rights announced an abortion-rights rally would be held at Washington Square Park at 6:30 p.m. Another rally, organized by the Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Action Fund, is expected to take place in Union Square at 8 p.m. The organizers of the Union Square protest also promoted events taking place in Mineola, Ithaca, Corning, Newburgh and Saratoga.
The Supreme Court on Friday ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.
The decision was the culmination of decades of efforts by abortion opponents, made possible by an emboldened right side of the court that has been fortified by three appointees of former President Donald Trump.
The ruling came more than a month after the stunning leak of a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito indicating the court was prepared to take this momentous step.
It puts the court at odds with a majority of Americans who favored preserving Roe, according to opinion polls.
Abortion foes cheered the ruling, but abortion-rights supporters, including President Joe Biden, expressed dismay and pledged to fight to restore the rights.
“It’s a sad day for the court and for the country,” Biden said at the White House. He urged voters to make it a defining issue in the November elections, declaring, “This decision must not be the final word.”
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America, agreed about the political stakes.
“An entirely new pro-life movement begins today. We are ready to go on offense for life in every single one of those legislative bodies, in each statehouse and the White House,” Dannenfelser said in a statement.
This story comprises reporting from the Associated Press.