Protesters on both sides gather in downtown Indy

A protest reflective of what’s to come for Roe v. Wade and safe abortion access came to points of contention outside the federal District Court in Indianapolis.

The possible reversal of abortion rights by a Supreme Court decision brought protesters to the Southern Indiana district courthouse Tuesday, part of a national call-out by the Women’s March organization.

Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion states both the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which protects the federal right to an abortion, and the 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, should be overturned.

The initial draft of the opinion was leaked and then reported by Politico this week. The court was expected to issue an opinion in June.

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About 90 protesters of the draft opinion shared feelings of anger and disappointment while many held signs reflecting those emotions.

Supporters of abortion rights march from the Indiana Statehouse to the Federal Courthouse on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in Indianapolis.

“An assault rifle has more rights than my uterus,” one sign read. “Abortion bans only end safe abortions,” another sign read.

“We will not go back,” the crowd shouted in unison.

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