Demonstrators angry at the demise of national abortion rights took a highway in Los Angeles as protesters across the country flooded the streets and steps of the state Capitol.
Cities across the United States saw protests erupt on Friday after the Supreme Court overturned federal abortion protections in her region. Dobbs vs Jackson Opinion. The demonstrations are the initial reaction against the court’s decision and are expected to lead to an ongoing backlash.
Thousands of abortion rights protesters took to the streets in downtown Los Angeles on Friday afternoon, ABC affiliate KABC-TV reported. The station reported that a group of protesters later walked onto Interstate 110 and blocked a traffic lane.
Earlier, an abortion rights protester climbed the top of the Frederick Douglass Bridge in Washington, DC, briefly closing traffic in both directions. The Metropolitan Police Department also said it had begun a full activation of the department as of Tuesday in response to the ongoing protests.
Protesters gathered Friday morning outside the Washington Supreme Court building, according to WAMU. Demonstrators in the area chanted, “We will never go back.” according to to DCist.
A few anti-abortion activists argued with the protesters, with one group criticizing War’s 1975 song “Why We Can’t Be Friends,” according to New York Post. Some protesters reacted angrily to the court’s decision and blamed the Democratic leadership for not doing more to protect abortion rights.
“They promised to legalize Raw vs. Wade McKila Wilkes, who is posing a key challenge to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, said, according to Mail. She added, “F**k vote for someone because they have a ‘D’ next to their name or an ‘R’ next to their name.”
As the sun set, a group of protesters dressed in black took to the streets, chanting extremist and confrontational slogans. Mail.
Outside the Rhode Island state building, an anti-abortion protester got into a physical confrontation with protesters that involved police, the Boston Globe Rhode Island reports. The news outlet reported that police arrested two protesters.
Protesters in Portland, Oregon, took to the streets without any signs of violence, the Portland Mercury reports. In Dallas, hundreds gathered downtown in what appeared to be a peaceful protest, CBS affiliate KTVT reports.
However, videos circulating online show that a truck ran past a group of protesters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
City Councilman Ashley Fanorney chirp That “the truck jumped off the traffic line, drove to the opposite track BC, and they were impatient. Then it hit the people in the crosswalk.”
“Have some respect for human life,” she said.
Benjamin Weary, Cedar Rapids Police Sergeant NEWSWEEK There was a pedestrian and a car accident which he said was not serious but is under investigation.
A press release posted on the department’s Facebook page said an initial investigation indicated that a group of protesters were trying to cross the street legally when the lights changed, giving way to the vehicles.
“Following verbal confrontations between the demonstrators and a driver, a call was made between a car and a passerby,” the police said in a statement. “Cedar Rapids Police responded quickly to the scene. The injured pedestrian was interviewed on-site by the Center for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and then transported by private vehicle to a local hospital for evaluation. The motorist was also voluntarily interviewed by Cedar Rapids Police.”
Police said the pedestrian’s injury appeared to be minor and authorities were looking for possible surveillance video and other information.