Thousands protest outside Philadelphia City Hall after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade – CBS Philly

Philadelphia (CBS) – There have been nationwide protests in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Chopper 3 was during a large protest outside City Hall on Friday night. From there, she began a march to Independence Hall and then back.

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A large crowd of people bombed the sidewalk in support of abortion rights.

Thousands of people marched carrying signs that read “My body, my choice.”

Many showed anger and disappointment.

“I think he really screwed it up,” one protester said.

Another said, “They had 50 years to codify it into real law versus just a decision of the Supreme Court.”

“The majority of people in the country want reproductive rights,” said one protester.

Before the rally, some shared their personal stories, including City Councilman Kendra Brooks.

“I am also a woman who has had an abortion. This is about abortion rights,” Brooks said. “But it is also about building safe, strong communities where people have what they need.”

Council member Jamie Gauthier also told the crowd that she had an abortion.

“The reason I’m here today is to stand up for every scared 16-year-old black girl,” Gauthier said.

Meanwhile, opponents of abortion rights celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision earlier in the Independence Mall.

“As a woman who has had an abortion myself, I can speak to the fact that abortion harms not only the baby, but the mother,” said Marilyn Downing, board member of the Life Supporters Association of Greater Philadelphia.

The impact of the decision is expected to be felt even in states that allow abortion, such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, says Lisa Tucker, a professor of law at Drexel University.

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“My expectation is that getting a care appointment may be more difficult given that people from other states may decide to travel here for abortion care,” Tucker said.

She also emphasized that Friday’s decision could motivate people to go out and vote in elections for years to come.

Earlier Friday, Eyewitness News spoke with dozens of people in Center City who are on both sides of the controversial decision. The Supreme Court ruling overturns the constitutional right to abortion and allows states to ban the procedure.

“It’s really heartbreaking to see,” said Philadelphia resident Matteo Matejacic.

On the streets of Philadelphia, anger and disappointment reigned.

“I’m angry,” said resident Robert Sundy. “Where do we live? I mean, this is outrageous.”

The majority of the people Eyewitness News spoke to were stunned that Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court.

“It’s taking away basic women’s rights and it’s sad,” said tourist Elisabeth Szmigel.

Matigacic, who is based in Philadelphia, adds that he thinks this is an “absolute farce.”

“I think it’s an absolute farce, you know what I mean? Reproductive rights are really important,” Matejasic said.

The decision to repeal nearly 50 years of precedent will have sweeping repercussions for tens of millions of women across the country as abortion rights are curtailed, particularly in Republican-led states in the South and Midwest, and will result in a patchwork of laws in the absence of constitutional protections.

Thirteen countries have a so-called Trigger laws In the books, abortion would be quickly outlawed in most cases with Roe v. Wade overturned.

“A lot of people are going to be forced to have children they don’t want,” said Meg Palitz, a San Diego resident. “You could have health complications, it could be really bad financially and change their lives for the worse, not to mention potentially flood the foster care system.”

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Matt Petrillo and Madeline Wright of CBS3 contributed to this report.

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