Protesters interrupt Supreme Court to defend abortion rights: ‘We will restore our freedom to choose’

Three abortion-rights protesters interrupted oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court to urge voters to protect access to abortion and denounce the High Court’s decision to strike down a constitutional right to care.

The November 2 protest marked the first protest in the courtroom in nearly seven years, and nearly five months after the court’s ruling in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization who knocked down Roe vs. Wade and Planned Parenthood vs. Caseylandmark cases that affirmed a constitutional right to abortion.

Supreme Court justices were hearing oral arguments in an unrelated case of Bittner vs USA on Wednesday, when a protester called on American women voters to “denounce Dobbsand “don’t forget to vote” in the midterm elections.

A second protester said ‘the right to choose will not be taken away’ and urged women to ‘vote for our right to choose’.

“We are going to restore our freedom to choose,” said a third woman from inside the court. “Women of America, Vote!”

Each protester was removed from the court by the police and placed under arrest.

A press release identifies the women as Emily Paterson and Nikki Enfield from Virginia and Rolande Baker from Arizona.

“Generations of women, including my own, have fought to win our right to vote and our right to choose,” according to a written statement from Ms Baker, identified as a great-grandmother and retired schoolteacher from Tucson. “Now we must use our ballots and our votes to restore our freedom to choose.”

In the first 100 days following the Supreme Court’s conservative majority decision in Dobbs cases, more than a dozen states have banned most abortions and at least 66 clinics in 15 states have closed.

Voters in several states are voting directly on measures related to reproductive health care in midterm elections this fall.

Americans across the United States will also vote for state-level candidates — from lawmakers to secretaries of state and governors — who will be crucial in deciding future state legislation and litigation that could ban or severely restrict access to abortion.

Voters will also determine the balance of power in Congress, which could advance a nationwide ban on abortion care or implement severe restrictions on abortion access at the federal level if Republican lawmakers control the state. one or the other room. President Joe Biden has pledged to veto any such legislation.

The Independent asked for comments from a public information officer at the Supreme Court.

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