‘I’m outraged:’ Women react to Roe v. Wade verdict outside Supreme Court

Protesters demonstrate outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, after Roe v. Wade was overturned on June 24, 2022.

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WASHINGTON – Politely bypassing a crowd of hundreds gathered outside the country’s Supreme Court, a group of teenage girls waved their hastily made posters in the air and joined in chants.

Some of them admitted that they had never visited the nation’s capital before and others shared that they had never been a part of the protest.

“We saw what happened this morning with Roe turning over and we decided to just use our time and use our voices,” explained 16-year-old Kylie Ko.

Ko, traveling from North Carolina, came to DC for a week-long program designed to give students the opportunity to advocate on policy issues with lawmakers.

“We were presenting our position on reproductive rights to Congressmen and then we looked at our phones and said, ‘Oh my god, the Supreme Court just issued its verdict on Roe.

In a 5-4 decision, the nation’s highest court struck down Roe v. Wade, which established a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion in the United States in 1973. The decision is expected to be outlawed in about half of US states. Or severely restrict the medical procedure and affect millions of people.

After the verdict, supporters and opponents of the verdict gathered outside the Supreme Court.

15-year-old Jetia, who traveled from the Birmingham, Alabama area to Washington, DC, said, “I’m angry, this isn’t right, this is my first protest and I’m so happy to see that there are so many people here who support our rights.” All the people are.”

“We don’t know what else is on the chopping block,” said 15-year-old Noel Gonzalez Jackson, of Maryland. “We’re all very open with each other about this normally private issue,” she said, giving a nod to her way of protest with her eyeliner.

“I’m outraged,” Koyuki Chance, 45, told CNBC outside the Supreme Court. “Can’t stand this decision,” said the Philadelphia native.

“For women and those who give birth to live full lives as human beings, they must have self-determination and this cannot happen if abortion is illegal,” said Chance, a mother of one daughter.

Protesters demonstrate outside the .US Supreme Court after Roe v Wade overturned on June 24, 2022.

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On the heels of the Supreme Court ruling, President Joe Biden promised to do everything possible to protect abortion rights during a White House address.

“It’s a sad day for our country, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over,” he urged Americans to elect more pro-choice lawmakers to the House and Senate in November’s midterm elections. “We need to restore Rowe’s security as the law of the land. We need to elect officers who will do that,” Biden said.

“It’s not over,” he said.

Asked whether Friday’s Supreme Court ruling would force her to vote for lawmakers for abortion rights in a midterm election, Chance said she wasn’t worried about November.

“I’m concerned about the women in Arkansas,” Chance said, referring to one of the states where abortion is no longer accessible and could lead to up to 10 years in prison if performed. The only exception is that the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother.

“I am not worried about November because right now women are being forced into motherhood,” he said.

Protesters demonstrate outside the .US Supreme Court after Roe v Wade overturned on June 24, 2022.

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Gabrielle Harris, 30, of New York, was exiting her hotel room in Washington, DC, when she saw the news break on television.

The day before, she was at the White House sponsoring a group that advocates for economic opportunities for black Americans. Harris, the mother of a three-year-old son, explained that access to abortion is not only about physical autonomy but also about economic security and opportunity.

“I had a choice when I decided to have him and it was my choice, I had choices because having a child and raising a child is a complicated decision,” Harris told CNBC.

“And it took me weeks to make a decision because I had to consider many situations, one of which was my financial situation and family and government support,” she said.

Looking up to the Supreme Court and holding a sign saying “Stop the War on Women,” Harris read aloud the words engraved on the West Pediment above the front entrance to the Supreme Court: “Equal justice under the law. “

“Well, there is no justice and it is certainly not equal. There is no balance in this decision, no consideration of human rights and no equality,” Harris said.

Gabrielle Harris, 30, of New York, holds a sign as she looks at the Supreme Court building on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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