Thousands of people turned out to demonstrate in New York City on Friday, June 24, after a Supreme Court ruling overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion.
Crowds who gathered at Union Square merged with thousands more about half a mile south at Washington Square Park, the New York Times reported.
Footage taken in Washington Square Park by New York native Siobhan O’Grady shows crowds chanting “F*** you, Clarence”, in reference to the conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, as well as “my body, my choice,” and “abort the court.” A group holding a banner that reads “Stop the war on women” urge people to join them in a protest march toward Foley Square.
Also in attendance was New York Attorney General Letitia James, who tweeted photos from the rally and wrote: “I’m with thousands of New Yorkers to say get your #BansOffOurBodies. It’s our body. It’s our choice. New York will not go backward.”
Earlier, James issued a statement calling the Supreme Court’s decision “one of the darkest moments in the history of this nation,” and said New York would “always be a safe haven for anyone seeking an abortion.” Credit: Siobhan O’Grady via Storyful