Thousands rally for abortion rights across DC

Washington – Thousands of abortion rights advocates gathered in Washington, D.C. and across the country on Saturday to protest a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year. overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling.

“I’m here today because I had an abortion. I was able to have it safely. I really think all women should have access, just like I had access safely and securely.” I believe,” said Gabriel Jennings. He was one of many attendees who attended Saturday’s Women’s Wave Day March in Washington, D.C.

The DC protests began with a rally, followed by a march from Folger Park to the Capitol grounds. It was one of several nationwide rallies organized by the Women’s March as part of the “Women’s Wave” action day.

People march toward the US Capitol during the Women’s March in Washington, DC on October 8, 2022

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Protesters held placards that read, “We will never come back,” “Eggs have been settled in law,” and “The hardest decision a woman can make is not yours.” was

The two women were dressed in costumes from the TV series The Handmaid’s Tale.

David Walsh, wearing a Prolaw shirt, told CBS News he was there to support his wife and two daughters.

“As an adult, especially a grown man, I think it’s important to show family members that I support their interests and that I also believe what they believe.” I think it’s important for them to see that I’m an activist for what I believe in, whether it’s something that I personally feel good about. Yes, because that is how change happens.”

JaPera Stith, who took a three-hour bus ride to DC with a friend, also said she attended the event to show her support for women’s rights.

“Women’s rights, it’s about their bodies,” Stiss said. “So they should have the option to do what they want with their bodies. I don’t like to say too much about decisions.”

Women’s march in Washington, DC on October 8, 2022

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The DC event had a small group of opposing protesters. CBS News witnessed one woman in police custody, but specific details were not immediately confirmed.

The event will be about a month before the midterm elections, on the issue of abortion expected to resonate with voters.

Davis Reginald, who participated in the march with health care union SEIU 1199, said he was marching for voting rights along with women’s rights.

“Voting rights are important because my ancestors fought to give us the right to vote,” Reginald said. I feel that I should exercise that right.

Zole Khayyam from Iran, meanwhile, wanted to draw attention to the death of Mercer Amini. Amini, 22, died last month after being detained by Iran’s “morality police” colloquially known in Tehran for violating Iran’s strict Islamic dress code. sparked weeks of anti-government protests Both in Iran and around the world.

Khayyam asks for solidarity.

“They are not exposed to the possibility of making decisions about their bodies, their looks, their clothes,” Khayyam said. To help the Iranian people by going to the government and asking them to intervene regarding what is happening in the world and how women are treated in Iran.” Thousands rally for abortion rights across DC

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