On Saturday, in major cities and tiny towns in every state, people gathered to march at abortion rights protests. People of all genders, ages, religions, sexualities, and abilities took to the streets with chants like “My body, my choice, her body, her choice,” and “Pro-life, your name’s a lie. You don’t care if people die.” Activists and activists-in-the-making shared rage, grief, humor, and political strategies, in response to this month’s news that the Supreme Court has reportedly voted to roll back Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that found a constitutional right to abortion.
Elderly women decades deep into their abortion fights marched alongside young girls taking their first steps as activists. Dogs walked patiently along march routes packed with thousands of protesters. Straight, cis-men practiced showing up. Multigenerational families spent their Saturdays parked in front of city halls, and thousands of signs danced in the air.
The reversal of Roe v. Wade will plunge the country into an even deeper human rights crisis in which women and gender and sexual minorities may face constant peril. On Saturday, Glamour caught up with people in nine cities who showed up for abortion rights protests.
Cheryl, 57, Orlando, Florida
I’m the mom of three 20-something girls. I had “the talk” with my doctor twice in my life. The first time, I chose an abortion. The second time, I chose to let nature take its course. The choice is MINE because abortion IS a healthcare treatment option that should never be banned. The protection I had to choose my healthcare outcome was from Roe v. Wade. It allowed me to vote Republican my whole life. I don’t have that protection any more. I’m going to today’s rally to figure out how to pivot from a lifelong Republican, to the opposite.
Allie, 14, San Francisco, Ca
It’s scary to think that teenagers who may accidentally get pregnant are forced to have a baby, and that’s not right at all. They could have to drop out of school, and all their dreams could be crushed from it.
Nina, 13, San Francisco, Ca
I just like to think abortion is something I can have in the future. It’s not something I need now, but in the future I never know.
Julie, 53, Birmingham Alabama
My aunt had an illegal abortion and couldn’t have children. She loved kids. My mom reared me pro-choice, she was a free thinking feminist who didn’t like to be called that. I believe in adequate access for healthcare for women. I will not stop until we get it.