October 3, 2021—Tens of thousands turned out on October 2 in more than 600 cities and towns across the United States to defend a woman’s right to choose abortion. Protesters were in their large majority women. Many students and other youth, as well as people of all generations, participated in the actions. The protests were a good start in what is expected to be a long fight to defend women’s reproductive rights.
These rights are under frontal attack. The U.S. Supreme Court September 1 decision that refused to block a Texas law prohibiting abortion after cardiac activity is detected—which can be as early as six weeks after the onset of pregnancy—underlined the urgency of the moment, which protesters understood. “Bans off our bodies,” was one of the most popular slogans on placards and sings. “Roe can’t go” read others, referring to the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that decriminalized abortion.
Women’s March, the organization behind the massive rallies that occurred the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, initiated the call for yesterday’s protests. More than 90 other organizations endorsed the call. These include Planned Parenthood, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Mississippi in Action, Access Reproductive Care-Southeast, Working Families Party, and SisterSong, to name just a few.
Below is a photo gallery from the October 2 protests. Many of the photos were sent by our readers. We will publish more extensive coverage of these actions in coming days.