When 85% of Americans strongly disagree with the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v Wade — and consequently stripped women of their bodily autonomy — it’s no surprise to see massive protests erupt to condemn the regressive decision that disrespects 50 years of precedent.
Social media was filled with video footage and photos of protests across the country, from large metropolises to small towns. in blue states and in red ones, attended by women and their male allies, all filled with rage and anger at the six conservative justices whose opinions will supersede their own convictions in one of the most important human rights issues facing America today.
Here is a small sampling of the social media posts showing the action on the ground at protests nationwide.
In New York City, the protests were too large to be confined to one location. A huge crowd mobbed Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.
— Natalie Pasquarella (@Natalie4NY) June 25, 2022
Breaking: Thousands of New Yorkers are gathered in Washington Square Park to protest the overturning of Roe vs Wade by the Supreme Court. #RoeVsWade #ABORTIONS #BreakingNews #HappeningNow pic.twitter.com/Xk9T18Vgz2
— LUKE2FREEDOM (@L2FTV) June 24, 2022
Overflow crowds also packed the city’s Union Square.
— Shirley Chan (@ShirleyChanTV) June 24, 2022
In Washington D.C., Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other elected officials joined the protests.
AOC Calls SCOTUS Opinion Illegitimate Calls For People To Go "Into The Streets" To Protest ROE V WADE In Washington DC https://t.co/bzPFDTAVCP
— Mr. Turner (@mitchelldturner) June 24, 2022
— DON TAGALA (@dontagala) June 24, 2022
Across the country in Los Angeles, massive crowds turned up downtown to denounce the Dobbs decision.
Thousands of Activists protest the supreme court overturning Roe vs. Wade in downtown Los Angeles. #RoeVsWade #RoeVWade #RoeOverturned #RoeVWadeprotes #losangeles #california #scotus #lapd pic.twitter.com/VVdwjUGxq5
— Keith Birmingham (@photowkb) June 25, 2022
Protestors even shut down the 101 freeway for a brief period by pouring into the lanes of the highway.
— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) June 25, 2022
Nearby Long Beach had its own massive demonstration.
Friday’s protest of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in Downtown Long Beach. pic.twitter.com/wHsQrm9giR
— Cheantay Jensen (@CheantayJensen) June 25, 2022
Here’s the demonstration at Federal Plaza in Chicago:
Massive crowd in Federal Plaza in Chicago to protest the SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe pic.twitter.com/ZWBLbpDPHR
— Aaron Cynic (@aaroncynic) June 24, 2022
— Voice Of The Voiceless 🇺🇳 (@ShowDominic) June 25, 2022
It wasn’t just the largest cities that saw large crowds protesting the sudden theft of Women’s rights. Here are a few posts from Texas.
— UpnUpNews (@StayOnTheUpnUp) June 25, 2022
Hundreds of Austinites gathered in Downtown Austin this weekend to protest the right to an abortion after the Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.
— The Daily Texan (@thedailytexan) June 26, 2022
San Antonio, Texas – Hundreds of people protest the Supreme Court’s overturning Roe outside the Federal Courthouse chanting “ Her body, her rights!” #RoeVsWade #DO SOMETHING pic.twitter.com/tzfxSkScku
— Gina Ferazzi (@GinaFerazzi) June 25, 2022
— John Mone (@JohnMone) June 25, 2022
Tennessee had strong representation as well.
WATCH: “F*ck the court! F*ck the state! We must decide our fate!”
RALLIES in NASHVILLE & MEMPHIS in protest of the overturning of Roe today pic.twitter.com/BUzd7dB79x
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) June 25, 2022
Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Tuscon, Arizona:
Hundreds gathered at the Arizona state capital in protest over the overturn of Roe v. Wade. pic.twitter.com/Y4dJKeuanV
— LLN Jack | Phoenix Metro (@LLN_Jack) June 25, 2022
Right before they started shooting tear gas from the capital building and militarized police showed up to clear the Roe v Wade protests in PHX. pic.twitter.com/9M1UHj4h9L
— Joe Weeks (@Jodweeks3) June 25, 2022
— Ken Kay (@kenkay21) June 25, 2022
— JSpaz93 #Resistance (@berkedei) June 26, 2022
I'm estimating more than 100 people have gathered in front of City Hall in Downtown Rochester to protest yesterday's Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Protest starts at 1 pm more people are arriving by the second. pic.twitter.com/3pYTgKPVGh
— Sam Carter (@13WHAMsam) June 25, 2022
Cities and towns across Wisconsin:
A scene from tonight’s Roe repeal protest at the Wisconsin state Capitol pic.twitter.com/GK47wPVENN
— Jessie Opoien (@jessieopie) June 25, 2022
At the Capitol building in Milwaukee, WI where many hundreds of people came out to protest the overturn of Roe v. Wade yesterday.
Wisconsin has a pre-Roe abortion ban that the state could now try to enforce. pic.twitter.com/ERrDxxqVPy
— BreakThrough News (@BTnewsroom) June 25, 2022
Hundreds of people are out in Appleton to protest the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade — this is easily the largest turnout I’ve ever seen at a protest at Houdini Plaza@PPFA @PPAWI pic.twitter.com/Gw2sxL1a7s
— Danielle Zulkosky (@DZulkosky) June 26, 2022
In the red state of South Carolina, scuffles broke out between protestors and police in Greenville.
Protesters in Greenville,SC can be seen clashing with police at the Roe V Wade protest in Downtown. Will update, with any more news from across the nation.🏃♂️🇺🇸 #RoeOverturned #RoeVsWade #RoeVWade #PROTESTING pic.twitter.com/EZHBFPLP1Q
— The USA and it faults (@usa_faults) June 26, 2022
North Carolina showed up too, with even small groups in small towns displaying their anger.
— Kate Medley (@katemedley) June 24, 2022
— Megan Scarano WCTI (@MScaranoNews) June 25, 2022
Des Moines, Iowa:
— Charlie Hodges ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 🛹 (@CharlieHodgesIA) June 24, 2022
Both Portland, Oregon and Portland, Maine were represented:
Strong turnout to protest fall of Roe v. Wade Portland, Maine pic.twitter.com/RJCc48tLjB
— Something Good Coming (@supertamsf) June 24, 2022
Thousands gather in downtown portland to protest the overturning of Roe vs Wade. pic.twitter.com/iH5cKmW9FB
— Grace Morgan (@gravemorgan) June 25, 2022
LIVE ON THE BENTONVILLE SQUARE:
Women's rights activists march in protest against the reversal of Roe v. Wade. pic.twitter.com/uINFBcWZri
— Natalie Demaree (@nataliedemaree) June 25, 2022
Columbus, Ohio’s mayor even posted footage of the protests in his city.:
More than 3,000 people turned out at the Statehouse today to protest the overturning of Roe v Wade by SCOTUS. We must act now to get women the care they need and in November at the ballot box. #WeWontGoBack pic.twitter.com/EiH72sZP5X
— Mayor Andrew Ginther (@MayorGinther) June 26, 2022
Boise, Idaho is perhaps not as totally conservative as you may have thought.
— Doug Lock-Smith (@DouglasRandel) June 25, 2022
A large crowd formed in downtown Athens today to protest yesterday’s decision by SCOTUS to overturn Roe v. Wade pic.twitter.com/CbpP2lcjYD
— Julianne Akers (@JulianneEAkers) June 25, 2022
— Ted Somerville (@SomervilleTed) June 25, 2022
Reno, Nevada turned the fuck out to protest the fascist Supreme Courtpic.twitter.com/Z9vTJTFyVJ
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) June 25, 2022
Perhaps the single most impressive act of protest came from activist Guido Reichstad in Washington D.C who scaled the Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge in the city to bring attention to the cause.
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) June 24, 2022
For all the footage contained in this article, it is just a drop in the bucket as many other cities hosted their own local protests.
The response of the protestors is almost enough to give back the hope for our nation that the actions of the conservative majority on the Supreme Court took away with their insidious ruling.
Let’s hope that the massive turnout across the country inspires politicians to enact legislation that will blunt the effects of the Court’s Dobbs decision as soon as possible.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.