“I wouldn’t be here without an abortion,” said Ms. Rains, who was standing in the square with her 5-month-old daughter, Hendrix, and 3-year-old son, Jagger. When she was five months pregnant in November 2020, she said, she began to lose large amounts of blood, forcing her medical providers to perform an abortion to save her life.
“I really wanted my daughter,” she said, “but I was bleeding and there was nothing they could do.”
For some, protesting the draft opinion wasn’t just about protecting the right to abortion.
Lillian Penafiel, 35, and her wife, Emi Penafiel, 44, were concerned about what the court’s ruling might mean for marriage equality, LGBTQ rights and voting rights.
“They’ve been very clear, especially what it said, that our rights are also threatened, so that’s why we’re nervous,” said Emi Penafiel. “They’re coming after it.”
Many parents came with their children. Sonia Reiter, 41, who is pregnant, brought her 5-year-old son, Casio Coleman, to the march to teach him the importance of freedom of choice, she said.
“Casio, how did we talk about today’s protest, what did we say?” Mrs. Reiter asked her son. “If someone wants to be pregnant, they have to be pregnant – and if they don’t want to be pregnant?”