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Thousands of abortion rights supporters rallied across the United States on Saturday, angered by the prospect that the Supreme Court may soon overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide a half century ago.
The protests kicked off what organizers predict will be a “summer of rage” ignited by the May 2 disclosure of a draft opinion showing the court’s conservative majority ready to reverse the 1973 ruling that established a woman’s constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy.
The court’s final ruling, which could return the power to ban abortion to state legislatures, is expected in June. About half of the 50 states are poised to ban or severely restrict abortion almost immediately should Roe be struck down.
“If you can’t choose whether you want to have a baby, if that’s not a fundamental right, then I don’t know what is,” said Brita Van Rossum, 62, a landscape designer who traveled from suburban Philadelphia to join the abortion-rights rally in the nation’s capital, her first ever.
Protesters marching under the slogan “Bans Off Our Bodies” took to the streets from New York and Atlanta to Chicago and Los Angeles in a show of outrage that Democrats hope will help galvanize support for their party and blunt projected Republican gains in the November elections.
The day’s largest demonstration unfolded in Washington, where a crowd that organizers estimated at 20,000 people massed at the Washington Monument and braved a light drizzle to march along the National Mall past the U.S. Capitol to the Supreme Court itself.
The rally erupted in shouts of “Shame” and “Bans off our bodies” as the marchers neared the marbled columns of the courthouse.
Surrounded by police was a group of a few dozen counter-demonstrators holding signs that read: “End abortion violence” and “Women’s rights begin in the womb.”
The encounter between the two sides grew tense at times. Abortion rights protesters shouted, “Go home!,” and one man whacked a counter-demonstrator in the head with his poster after profanities were exchanged. As the-anti abortion protesters left, they waved at the crowd, and a few called out, “Bye, Roe v. Wade!”
The rally appeared to remain otherwise peaceful, though at least one counter-protester was seen being escorted away by a security guard in Washington earlier in the day.
‘WOMEN AS OBJECTS’
The mood was likewise energetic, and sometimes contentious, in New York City as thousands of abortion rights supporters crossed the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan, where they were confronted by a half dozen anti-abortion activists.
Police officers arrived to maintain space between the two groups as they traded taunts and vulgarities. The crowd thinned out in early afternoon as rain fell over the city.
Elizabeth Holtzman, an 80-year-old former congresswoman who represented New York from 1973 to 1981, said that the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion “treats women as objects, as less than full human beings.”
Malcolm DeCesare, a 34-year-old critical care nurse who attended a Los Angeles rally under sunny skies, said abolishing the right to a legal abortion could put lives at risk as women seek unsafe alternatives.
Celebrity women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred told the crowd about her own “back alley abortion” as a young woman when she became pregnant from a rape at gunpoint before Roe. “I almost died,” she recounted. “I was left in a bathtub in a pool of my own blood, hemorrhaging.”
U.S. Representative Sean Casten and his 15-year-old daughter, Audrey, were among several thousand abortion rights supporters who gathered at a park in Chicago.
Casten, whose district includes Chicago’s western suburbs, told Reuters it was “horrible” that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority would consider taking away the right to an abortion and “condemn women to this lesser status.”
At an abortion rights protest in Atlanta, more than 400 people had assembled in a small park in front of the state capitol, while about a dozen counter-protesters stood on a nearby sidewalk.
Holding a sign that read, “Stop Child Sacrifice,” 23-year-old Bria Marshall, a recent public health graduate from Kennesaw State University, acknowledged her group’s smaller turnout.
“Jesus had just a small group, but his message was more powerful,” Marshall said.
While the Supreme Court leak thrust abortion back to the forefront of U.S. politics, it was unclear how the issue will play out in the coming elections.
Voters will be weighing a host of priorities such as inflation and may be skeptical of Democrats’ ability to protect abortion access after legislation that would enshrine abortion rights in federal law failed.
Many of those marching on Saturday expressed fear that rolling back abortion rights would lead to an erosion of civil liberties generally.
“This is just an affront to everything I believe that we’re supposed to be about,” Los Angeles musician Joel Altshuler, 73, said. “If a woman has no control over what is going to happen to her own body, then we’re back in 1850 not 1950.
By: Ny Post
3 teens stabbed after school while on MTA bus in Manhattan
Three teenage boys were stabbed on an MTA bus after school let out Thursday afternoon, police said.
A “large fight” broke out aboard the M96 as it traversed East 96th Street at Third Avenue on the Upper East Side just after 3:30 p.m., police said.
An unknown suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed or slashed two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old during the brawl, according to cops.
The older victim was cut on his left elbow and the two younger teens suffered injuries to their right shoulder and left leg respectively, the NYPD said.
All three boys were taken to Manhattan hospitals in stable condition, authorities said.
It was unclear if the victims were students. There are about a dozen high schools in a ten block radius of the attack, according to maps of the area.
By: Ny Post
Man stabbed in broad daylight on NYC sidewalk
A 22-year-old man was stabbed on Manhattan’s Upper East Side Thursday afternoon, police said.
The stabbing, which appeared random, happened near a subway entrance at East 63rd Street and Third Avenue just before 2 p.m., according to cops.
The man was taken to Cornell Hospital, cops said. He was in stable condition.
The incident was first reported by uppereastsite.com.
By: Ny Post
Jennifer Aniston talks Brad Pitt divorce
Jennifer Aniston memorably joined Ellen for her last dance.
Jennifer Aniston had Ellen Degeneres’ audience in stitches after lampooning her high-profile divorce from Brad Pitt on the “Ellen Degeneres Show” finale Thursday. The 53-year-old thespian kicked off her spot by fittingly slow-dancing with pal DeGeneres to Donna Summer’s “Last Dance.” Aniston then dropped the divorce bombshell after the 64-year-old comic asked how she handled the “Friends” finale in 2004.
“Well, I got a divorce and went into therapy,” quipped Aniston while laughing. “And then I did a movie called ‘The Break-Up.’”
She was referencing her highly-publicized split with Brad Pitt in 2005, after the celebrity couple were married for four and a half years. Their marriage had reportedly ended on ugly terms after Pitt, 58, allegedly cheated on JA with actress Angelina Jolie, with whom he’s now embroiled in a fierce custody battle following a split.
Fortunately, it appears that Aniston’s taking the divorce in stride. “I just kind of leaned into the end,” the “Just Go With It” star told DeGeneres. “I was like, ‘You know what guys, let’s just make this a completely new chapter. Let’s just end everything, and start new.”
Apparently the two former flames “are still friends,” per an insider source, who claimed they “talk and have a nice, friendly, cordial relationship,” ET online reported.
Meanwhile, in a 2021 episode of the “Howard Stern Show,” Aniston had claimed that “Brad and I are buddies.” She added that despite their tumultuous history, there’s “no oddness” between her and the “Benjamin Button” star.
The ex-couple had also previously reunited backstage at the 2020 SAG Awards, and conducted a virtual table read together for “Fast Times at Ridgemont” that same year.
Aniston’s appearance on the Ellen’s finale was particularly fitting as she was the first ever on-set guest on the talk show when it premiered in 2003. The sitcom star has since appeared on the program a staggering 20 times during its 19 seasons.
As Aniston joked during the finale, “I’ve been on your show more than you’ve been on the air.”
Arguably the most moving portion of the show, which also featured musical guests Billie Eilish and P!nk, was the tear-jerking final monologue.
Degeneres strode out on stage to a standing ovation from the crowd, which included her wife of 14 years Portia De Rossie, USA Today reported.
We’ve pasted the tear-jerking farewell address in in its entirety below:
“Welcome to our very last show. I walked out here 19 years ago, and I said that this is the start of a relationship. And today is not the end of a relationship. It’s more of a little break. It’s a, ‘You can see other talk shows now. And I may see another audience once in a while.’’”
“Twenty years ago when we were trying to sell the show, no one thought that this would work. Not because it was a different kind of show, but because I was different. Very few stations wanted to buy the show, and here we are, 20 years later, celebrating this amazing journey together.”
“When we started this show I couldn’t say, ‘gay’ on the show … I said it at home, a lot. ‘What are we having for our gay breakfast?’ Or, ‘Pass the gay salt.’ ‘Has anyone seen the gay remote?’ Things like that, but we couldn’t say, ‘gay.’ I couldn’t say, ‘we’ because that implied that I was with someone. Sure couldn’t say, ‘wife,’ and that’s because it wasn’t legal for gay people to get married, and now I say ‘wife’ all the time.”
“Twenty-five years ago, they canceled my sitcom because they didn’t want a lesbian to be in prime time once a week. And I said, ‘OK, then I’ll be on daytime every day. How about that?’ What a beautiful, beautiful journey that we have been on together. And if this show has made you smile, if it has lifted you up, when you’re in a period of some type of pain, some type of sadness, anything that you’re going through, then I have done my job.”
“Because of this platform, we have been able to change people’s lives, and this show has forever changed my life. It is the greatest experience I have ever had, beyond my wildest imagination So tWitch, one last time, dance with me.”
DeGeneres and her co-executive producer and cohort Stephen “tWitch” Boss closed out the monologue by dancing to “Best of My Love” by The Emotions.
By: Ny Post
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