Speakers including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, mayor candidate and congressman Karen Bass, attorney Gloria Allred and representatives including Ricky Lake and Kristen Lahti, urged people to fight for reproductive freedom at the “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.
“I can’t work in Texas anymore,” said Abbott Trial star Lisa Ann Walter, and said she’s working with SAG-AFTRA to inform members of every state’s reproductive health laws. “We will not resign until women’s autonomy is assured throughout this country.”
Thousands attended the Los Angeles event in front of City Hall, while more than 380 marches were planned across the United States.
Allred spoke about her experience with illegal abortion in California in the 1960s prior to the Roe v. Wade. The lawyer said she almost died of an infection.
The rally was part of a national effort to protest the expected overturn of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, which could see up to 36 million people across the country lose access to abortion. The organizers want to convey the message that a majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade.
“Abortion is an essential health care,” Lake said at the rally.
“We all have one thing in common, which is that we get angry,” said actress Connie Britton. “Every woman, every family deserves the right to her own body.”
On Friday, Planned Parenthood published a full-page ad in the New York Times signed by artists including Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez and Olivia Rodrigo, saying “We won’t back down.”
Legislatures in conservative states are already passing restrictions to prevent access to legal abortions. 41 states imposed abortion restrictions in 2022.
The rallies were organized by organizations including Planned Parenthood and the Women’s March Foundation, which brought millions of protesters to the streets around the world after the election of Donald Trump.
“The fight for safe and legal abortion is our lifelong struggle, and women are ready to rise up and defy the Supreme Court. The future of reproductive rights is in our hands, and we will fight to save Rowe in Wade by way of ensuring that the future of reproductive rights is in our hands,” said Emiliana Guerica, co-executive director and co-founder of the Women’s March. Protection of women’s rights.
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi shared photos of herself with Laura Dern and Christy Burns at a New York City rally, holding a sign that reads “No Uterus No Opinion.”
Today we march for reproductive freedom and justice✊🏾 Tweet embed Tweet embed Tweet embed #BansOffOurBodies pic.twitter.com/JWkeM23VGo
– Padma Lakshmi May 14, 2022
Action movie star Milla Jovovich took to social media Saturday morning to urge others to join the morning march in downtown Los Angeles: “Get water, wear green and come support a movement that doesn’t have to happen in this day and age.”
See more posts regarding Saturday’s march below:
– Dove Cameron May 14, 2022
If RO is revoked, other basic rights such as our right to use contraception, marry our loved one, and have access to the gender-affirming health care we need are all at risk. Visit https://t.co/B5POqGFFyw to find a pool near you today! pic.twitter.com/a5NpdkWj8g
– Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 14, 2022
For my birthday today, I want you to join a march in your town to fight for physical freedom and reproductive rights for everyone in this country. #BansOffOurBodies pic.twitter.com/J76s7CU4Sc
Amber Tamblyn May 14, 2022