Milla Jovovich and Kate Beckinsale lead pro-abortion protestors in US
Milla Jovovich slams ‘forced gestation’ as she leads celebs and crowds of pro-abortion protestors across the US who clash with anti-abortion activists in San Diego while Antifa burn US flag in Seattle
- ‘Resident Evil’ star Milla Jovovich told a crowd that conservatives were no longer ‘whispering’ about getting rid of abortion rights, they were ‘shouting it’
- Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred told a crowd about almost dying from an illegal abortion in the 1960s
- ‘Seinfeld’ star Julia Louis Dreyfus carried a sign in New York that read: ‘If men got pregnant, you could get an abortion at an ATM machine’
- The court’s final ruling, which could give states the power to ban abortion, is expected in June. About half of U.S. states could ban or severely restrict abortion soon after a ruling vacating Roe
- Planned Parenthood, Women’s March and other abortion rights groups organized more than 400 ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ marches for Saturday, with the largest turnouts expected in NYC, Washington, LA and Chicago
- On Friday, Justice Clarence Thomas compared the leak of fellow Justice’s Samuel Alito’s draft opinion, which would overturn abortion protections under Roe v Wade, to ‘infidelity’
- Thomas, 73, said at a conference that the leak would weaken the public’s trust in the Supreme Court as an institution, calling the unauthorized disclosure of deliberations ‘tremendously bad’
Milla Jovovich gave an impassioned pro-choice plea at a Women’s March rally in LA Saturday, with fellow stars Kate Beckinsale and Christy Turlington also seen joining pro-abortion protesters.
‘The Fifth Element’ star also said: ‘Now once that door is open, the Trump stacked Supreme Court will have the power to change the course of history by undoing every hard fought victory for human rights over the past 50 years.’
The Ukrainian-born actress mentioned the so-called trigger laws which will ban abortion in many states the moment that Roe v Wade was overturned.
Jovovich said: ‘Women have always found ways to get abortions.’ She added: ‘To make this procedure illegal, won’t stop women getting them. It will stop women from getting safe abortions!’
She was among thousands of abortion rights supporters who gathered for protests across the United States on Saturday.
It was the start of what organizers said would be ‘a summer of rage’ if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide.
There were large gatherings in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and Chicago on Saturday with some smaller counter-protests. Near the base of the Washington Monument at the National Mall, some protesters waved placards with messages including ‘How dare they,’ ‘We are the majority,’ and ‘Fight Back. Protect Choice.’
Planned Parenthood, Women’s March and other abortion rights groups organized more than 400 ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ marches for Saturday, with the largest turnouts expected in New York City, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Houston.
Jovovich took to Instagram on the morning of May 14 to tell her followers: ‘Bring water, wear green and come support a movement that really should not need to be happening in this day and age.’
The ‘Resident Evil’ star told the crowd: ‘We have all heard the whispers and the words coming from these oppressive, backward thinking conservative [inaudible] and now they are being shouted out loud’
Kate Beckinsale made her thoughts clear while attending a rally in LA, although she did not join speakers on stage
Padma Lakshmi, one of the stars of ‘Top Chef,’ alongside the former face of Calvin Klein’s Eternity campaign, Christy Turlington
In Los Angeles, Jovovich delivered a fiery speech in front of Los Angeles City Hall in sweltering heat on behalf of The Women’s March Foundation.
Jovovich took to Instagram on the morning of May 14 to tell her followers: ‘Bring water, wear green and come support a movement that really should not need to be happening in this day and age.’
The ‘Resident Evil’ star told the crowd: ‘We have all heard the whispers and the words coming from these oppressive, backward thinking conservative [inaudible] and now they are being shouted out loud.’
Jovovich said that the potential overturning of Roe v Wade won’t just impact abortion rights but will ‘impact many rights that we take for granted. The right to marry whomever we choose regardless of their skin color, regardless of their gender identity, the right to choose contraception is at stake.’
The Blacklist star Christine Lahti was one of the many actors who spoke about the Bans of Our Bodies Rally in Los Angeles
The Bans Off Our Body rally also saw speakers as diverse as Rep. Maxine Waters, talk show host Ricki Lake, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as well as actors Lisa Ann Walter and Christine Lahti.
Mayor Garcetti told the crowd: ‘LA is for women, and we are a sanctuary.’
While ‘Abbot Elementary’ star Lisa Ann Walter said: ‘I can’t work in Texas anymore.’ Walter said that she is working with her union to insure members are aware of abortion laws in each state. Walter went on: ‘We won’t quit until women are guaranteed autonomy all over this country.’
A separate pro-abortion group, Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights, organized protests in 41 different cities.
Lakshmi also took the time to snap a pic with Oscar-winner Laura Dern
Actress and writer Amber Tamblyn was one of the thousands who disrupted traffic in marching across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City
Like many of her fellow celebrities, Tamblyn encouraged her followers to wear green in support of the pro-abortion movement
‘Veep’ star Julia Louis-Dreyfus held a sign that quoted one of her lines from the HBO show on a sign that read: ‘If men got pregnant, you could get an abortion at an ATM machine’
Rep. Maxine Waters speaking. Waters famously called on protesters to harass Donald Trump officials during his presidency
Frances Fisher, Clint Eastwood, who is a famed Republican’s, former partner, was another actress who took to the sage
Attorney Gloria Allred speaks onstage about the illegal abortion she had in the 1960s
Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred told the gathered crowd that she nearly died from an infection after having an illegal abortion in California in the 1960s.
‘American Horror Story’s’ Connie Britton told the crowd: ‘We all share one thing in common, and that is that we are enraged. Every woman, every family deserves the right to their own body.’
In New York City, ‘Top Chef’ star Padma Lakshmi posted photos at a protest alongside former supermodel Christy Turlington and ‘Jurassic Park’ star Laura Dern.
‘Veep’ star Julia Louis-Dreyfus held a sign that quoted one of her lines from the HBO show on a sign that read: ‘If men got pregnant, you could get an abortion at an ATM machine.’
In Seattle, conservative activist Andy Ngo posted a series of videos apparently showing a group of hooded and masked people, who he refers to as ‘Antifa,’ burning American flags to the cheers of a gathered crowd
As the flags burn, two people can be heard saying: ‘So good, so good’
Thousands had gathered at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle to protest the Alito opinion draft
Courtney Normand, the Washington State Director of Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates KING5: ‘Bans off our bodies. We’re not going anywhere; we’ve been fighting for generations and we will continue to do so for generations to come’
In Seattle, conservative activist Andy Ngo posted a series of videos apparently showing a group of hooded and masked people, who he refers to as ‘Antifa,’ burning American flags to the cheers of a gathered crowd.
As the flags burn, two people can be heard saying: ‘So good, so good.’
Thousands had gathered at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle to protest the Alito opinion draft.
Courtney Normand, the Washington State Director of Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates KING5: ‘Bans off our bodies. We’re not going anywhere; we’ve been fighting for generations and we will continue to do so for generations to come.’
‘Bans off our bodies’ protesters gather in downtown Los Angeles in front of City Hall part of the ongoing fallout from the Roe V Wade decision leak from the Supreme Court
At least one protester was arrested in Los Angeles during the protests
During a similar rally in San Diego, a large crowd of pro-abortion protesters ran off a dozen or so anti-abortion supporters who were attempting a counter protest, reports ABC San Diego.
The two factions chanted slogans at each other while pro-abortion protesters attempted to cover the anti-abortion protesters signs, reports The San Diego Union-Tribune.
The newspaper said that as the rally ended, ‘some shoving ensued.’
Lili North of Students for Life of America and a student at San Diego State University told The Union-Tribune: ‘People, when they see these rallies, they think that’s the only thing young women think. But that’s not true.
‘There are so many young pro-lifers in this country who are willing to stand against abortion. The Supreme Court is about to overturn Roe v. Wade because young people like us actually care.’
Students for Life of America, an anti-abortion advocacy group with campus chapters across the country, said it was holding counter protests on Saturday in nine cities, including Washington.
On the same day as the nationwide rallies, a group of protesters gathered outside of the home of Chief Justice John Roberts in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
A small band of protesters chanted as the walked by the judge’s house: ‘No privacy for us. No peace for you’ as well as: ‘My body. My choice’ and: ‘Our rights are not up for debate!’
During an appearance at a conference for Black conservatives in Texas on Friday night, Justice Clarence Thomas admonished those who protest at judge’s homes.
Thomas said that conservatives would never resort to such tactics and that they do not have ‘temper tantrums.’
In the past week, protesters have gathered outside the homes of Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh, who have voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to the leaked opinion.
The mood was energetic in downtown Brooklyn as thousands of abortion rights supporters crossed the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan. At least 3,000 people assembled in Brooklyn carrying a giant pink banner that read: ‘Our Bodies. Our Futures. Our Abortions.’
New York City Mayor Eric Adams joined the demonstrations in NYC and when asked if he supported limits to abortion, he told Fox News, ‘No, I think that women should have a right to choose for their bodies, men should not have the right to choose how women treat their bodies.’
The protesters, which included Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in NYC, and other influential Democrats, were of all genders and ages and many wore green.
Gillibrand told Fox News it was important to establish ‘how politicized the Supreme Court has been,’ starting with documenting previous statements by the court to the effect that the court has referred to Roe v. Wade as ‘established precedent,’ which the court has stressed should be given ‘weight and due respect.’
Several thousand abortion backers began amassing in a Chicago park on Saturday morning, including U.S. Representative Sean Casten and his 15-year-old daughter, Audrey.
Casten, whose district includes Chicago’s western suburbs, told Reuters it was a ‘horrible’ that the conservative Supreme Court would consider taking away the right to an abortion and ‘condemn women to this lesser status.’
At an abortion rights protest in Atlanta, more than 400 people had assembled in a small park in front of the state capitol.
Elizabeth Murphy, 40, a sales representative from nearby Cobb County and a lifelong Democrat, said she believes abortion rights supporters will turn out for the November midterm elections.
‘I vote and this time around I’m telling everyone I know to vote,’ she said.
The mood was energetic in downtown Brooklyn on Saturday as thousands of abortion rights supporters readied to cross the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan.
Elizabeth Holtzman, an 80-year-old marcher who represented New York in Congress from 1973-1981, said that the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion ‘treats women as objects, as less than full human beings.’
‘I’ve been fighting for women’s rights for 50 years and I’m not going to give up,’ she said.
Abortion rights backers in Washington met at the Washington Monument with plans to walk to the Supreme Court. In Los Angeles, protesters planned to meet at City Hall, and a group in Austin was to convene at Texas’ state capitol.
The demonstrations are in response to the May 2 leak of a draft opinion showing the court’s conservative majority ready to reverse the 1973 landmark decision that established a federal constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.
The court’s final ruling, which could give states the power to ban abortion, is expected in June. About half of U.S. states could ban or severely restrict abortion soon after a ruling vacating Roe.
Justice Thomas has compared the leak of fellow Justice’s Samuel Alito’s draft opinion, which would overturn abortion protections under Roe v Wade, to ‘infidelity.’
Thousands of abortion rights supporters gathered for protests across the United States on Saturday, starting what organizers said would be ‘a summer of rage’ if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. Thousands gathered in Brooklyn before marching across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan on Saturday
Protesters marching across Brooklyn Bridge in New York City hold up a banner reading: ‘My Body My Choice’
Thousands of people march across the Brooklyn Bridge
Pictured: Abortion Rights protesters demonstrate in front of the Washington Monument in Washington DC
A protester gathered along with thousands at the Washington Monument in DC holds up a sign that says ‘abortion is freedom’
A protester holds up a sign reading, ‘reproductive rights for all!’ at a demonstration in Atlanta
The demonstrations are in response to the May 2 leak of a draft opinion showing the court’s conservative majority ready to reverse the 1973 landmark decision that established a federal constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. Pictured: A protester holds a sign saying ‘Keep Abortion Legal’ and another mocking Texas for failing to keep up its power supply
The protests are taking place around the country as hundreds gathered in New York City to demonstrate
The New York City protesters held up posters with the faces of the conservative SCOTUS justices
New York Mayor Eric Adams joined protesters in Brooklyn as he condemned the possible overturn of Roe V. Wade
Former First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted her support Saturday afternoon.
‘It’s been a tough couple of weeks since we saw the leaked SCOTUS draft opinion on abortion. Even if we knew the courts were heading toward this day, it doesn’t make the frustration, grief, and fear any less real,’ tweeted.’
‘But we don’t have to stand idly by while others try to turn back the clock on progress,’ she continued. ‘I’m so inspired by everyone out marching today. And I know that we’re going to see so many folks carrying this energy forward to the elections in November and in every election after that.’
‘If any of you are questioning whether or not your vote matters, I get it. But remember that state lawmakers are the ones who will determine whether abortion is safe, legal, and accessible in your communities. And we are the ones who determine our state lawmakers.’
Michelle Obama then urged protesters to check their voter registration status when they return home from marching and to encourage others to do the same.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted her support Saturday afternoon
The former First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted that she was inspired by everyone out marching Saturday
Michelle Obama then urged protesters to check their voter registration status when they return home from marching and to encourage others to do the same
Hundreds of other came out to join the movement in Los Angeles on Saturday
In New York, protesters gathered at Cadman Plaza, in Brooklyn, flashing pro-choice signs
The protesters in D.C. gathered at the Washington Monument after anti-protest fencing was installed outside the Supreme Court building. Many of the signs flashed the movement’s motto, ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’
Some flashed graphic signs referencing self-induced abortions, which are feared to rise if Roe V. Wade is overturned
The protest movement occuring in New York, D.C., Los Angeles and Texas is expected being carried out in other states
Abortion rights activists participate in a Bans Off Our Bodies rally on Saturday in Washington, DC
U.S. Senator Chuch Schumer, pictured, joined the call to maintain the 1973 landmark abortion decision in New York
Justice Thomas, 73, said at a conference that the leak would weaken the public’s trust in the Supreme Court as an institution, calling the unauthorized disclosure of deliberations ‘tremendously bad.’
In his remarks, the conservative justice, who has long called for overturning Roe, hinted that a liberal clerk may have leaked Alito’s draft opinion, and lamented that partisan rancor has grown more entrenched on the high court.
Thomas pondered: ‘I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them, and then I wonder when they’re gone or destabilized what we will have as a country and I don’t think the prospects are good if we continue to lose them.’
He continued: ‘When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder. It’s like kind of an infidelity – that you can explain it but you can’t undo it,’ Politico reported.
Thomas, a nominee of President George H.W. Bush, said it was beyond ‘anyone’s imagination’ before the May 2 leak of the opinion that even a line of a draft opinion would be released in advance, much less an entire draft that runs nearly 100 pages.
On Friday, Justice Clarence Thomas compared the leak of fellow Justice’s Samuel Alito’s draft opinion, which would overturn abortion protections under Roe v Wade, to ‘infidelity’. He added that the leak would weaken the public’s trust in the Supreme Court as an institution, calling the unauthorized disclosure of deliberations ‘tremendously bad.’
The Supreme Court Justices are pictured, with the court currently comprised of six conservatives and three liberals
Pro-abortion rights advocates march in the street during a protest outside the house of Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito in Alexandria, VA on May 9
Protestors chanted ‘Keep abortion safe and legal!’ and ‘Pro-life is a lie! You don’t care if people die!’ outside of Supreme Court Justice John Robert’s home in Chevy Chase, Maryland
Thomas also hinted that the atmosphere on the court had changed for the worse since he was confirmed in 1991, and suggested that a liberal justice’s clerk could be behind the leak.
Thomas said: ‘This is not the court of that era. I sat with (famously liberal justice) Ruth Ginsburg for almost 30 years and she was actually an easy colleague to deal with… We may have been a dysfunctional family, but we were a family.’
‘Anybody who would, for example, have an attitude to leak documents, that is your general attitude, that is your future on the bench.’
The court has said the draft does not represent the final position of any of the court’s members, and Chief Justice John Roberts has ordered an investigation into the leak.
In addition to Thomas, reportedly supporting the move to overturn Roe are conservative justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, as well as the draft opinion’s author, Samuel Alito.
The draft opinion is not final, and the court is expected to hand down its decision sometime in June or July. If Roe v Wade were overturned, states would then
The leak went on to prompt nationwide protests, including angry crowds outside of the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices.
Democrats, who currently hold the White House and both chambers of Congress, hope that backlash to the Supreme Court decision will carry their party’s candidates to victory in congressional elections in November.
But voters will be weighing abortion rights against other issues such as the soaring prices of food and gas, and they may be skeptical of Democrats’ ability to protect abortion access after efforts to pass legislation that would enshrine abortion rights in federal law failed.
Demonstrations kicked off in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood on Saturday morning
The pro-choice protesters in Chicago flooded the neighborhood as they flashed their signs
Protesters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, also came out with signs telling the SCOTUS not to interfere with women’s bodies
The New York City protesters made their way to the Brooklyn Bridge as the demonstration continued
Others in Texas made their way to Austin to protest in front of the state’s Capitol building
In Houston, police were seen detaining an anti-abortion protestor during a counterprotest of Saturday’s event
Amy Nachtrab (C) joins with other abortion-rights supporters during a rally on May 14, 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Approximately 2,500 people showed up at the rally
Jessica Chelmecki, 30 and Bryan Hardnacki, 37, dress as Handmaids Tale characters during protest at Union Park in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, Saturday morning
People lined the Brooklyn Bridge as they take part in a nationwide protests in support of abortion right
Thousands marched in Brooklyn after a leaked draft memo indicates the intention of Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade
Abortion rights protesters participate in nationwide demonstrations following the leaked Supreme Court opinion suggesting the possibility of overturning the Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, in Los Angeles, California
Jennifer Fordney, left, and her daughter Sophia Atchison, right, listen to an opening prayer during a rally at Armory Park in part with nationwide demonstrations Tucson, Arizona
Lilli Hart, abortion rights protester, argues with Matthew Meinecke, an anti-abortion protester, during nationwide demonstrations in Seattle, Washington
Several thousand abortion rights protesters march down San Francisco’s Market St. on Saturday, May 14, 2022
: An aerial view of massive crowd are seen as they walk on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City
Workers at a family planning clinic get emotional as thousands of Abortion rights demonstrators march past their clinic chanting support on their way into downtown on May 14, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois
Justice Thomas said at a conference in Dallas on Friday that trust within the court was ‘gone forever’ following the leak.
‘When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally,’ the conservative justice said.
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