1000’s of individuals took to the streets in downtown Los Angeles and different cities across the nation Saturday to assist reproductive rights, a part of a nationwide collection of demonstrations towards Texas’ near-total abortion ban.
The fifth annual Ladies’s March started at 10 a.m. at Pershing Sq. and led to Metropolis Corridor, the place Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis and Supervisor Holly Mitchell had been scheduled to talk, together with actresses Alyssa Milano and Patricia and Rosanna Arquette.
Paxton Smith, the Texas scholar whose valedictorian speech went viral for talking in opposition to Texas’ abortion regulation, additionally appeared with feminist legal professional Gloria Allred.
Organizers had been anticipating about 20,000 individuals on the Los Angeles demonstration. Related gatherings had been scheduled in different elements of Southern California, together with Lengthy Seaside, West Hollywood, Pasadena, Irvine and Fountain Valley.
The Ladies’s March Basis was holding its official march in Washington, D.C., with greater than 600 “sister marches” deliberate nationally.
This was the fifth annual Ladies’s March, with this 12 months specializing in abortion rights following a Texas ban on abortion after six weeks of being pregnant, when many ladies aren’t even conscious they’re pregnant.
The regulation — which doesn’t present exceptions for circumstances of rape or incest — permits personal residents to sue anybody who helps a lady receive an abortion after six weeks of being pregnant, together with the clinic or an individual who drives the girl to the clinic.
“When the Supreme Court docket rejected an emergency request to dam Texas’s abortion ban, they successfully took the subsequent step in the direction of overturning Roe v. Wade. Merely put: We’re witnessing essentially the most dire menace to abortion entry in our lifetime,” the Ladies’s March states on its web site.
“That’s why we’re marching in each single state and in our nation’s capital Washington, DC — on Oct. 2 earlier than the Supreme Court docket reconvenes. We have to ship an unmistakable message about our fierce opposition to proscribing abortion entry and overturning Roe v. Wade earlier than it’s too late.”
The primary Ladies’s March occurred in 2017 on the day after President Trump was inaugurated, turning into one of many largest public demonstrations in U.S. historical past. The Washington Publish’s evaluation of the 2017 Ladies’s March estimated that single-day marches drew between 3.267 million and 5.246 million individuals within the U.S. An estimated 750,000 individuals attended the Los Angeles march in 2017.