Three abortion rights protesters interrupted oral arguments at the US Supreme Court to urge voters to protect access to abortion and denounce the high court’s decision to take away the constitutional right to care.
The Nov. 2 demonstration marked the first courtroom protest in nearly seven years and nearly five months after the court’s ruling in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization which was overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v Caseylandmark cases that affirmed the constitutional right to abortion.
Supreme Court justices were hearing oral arguments in an unrelated case of his Bittner v. United States on Wednesday, when a protester called on American women voters to “denounce Dobbs” and “remember to vote” in the midterm elections.
A second protester said “the right to choose will not be taken away” and urged women to “vote for our right to choose”.
“We will restore our freedom of choice,” a third woman shouted from inside the court. “Women of America, Vote!”
Each protester was removed from the court by police and taken into custody.
A press release identified the women as Emily Paterson and Nikki Enfield of Virginia and Rolande Baker of Arizona.
“Generations of women, including my own, have fought to win the right to vote and our right to choose,” according to a written statement from Ms. Baker, who is identified as a great-grandmother and retired teacher from Tucson. “Now we must use our ballots and our voices to restore our freedom of choice.”
Within the first 100 days after the Supreme Court’s conservative majority decision in Dobbs In the meantime, more than a dozen states have banned most abortions, and at least 66 clinics in 15 states have closed.
Voters in many states are voting directly on measures related to reproductive health care in midterm elections this fall.
Americans across the U.S. will also vote on state-level candidates — from legislators to secretaries of state and governors — who will be critical in deciding future state legislation and litigation that could outlaw or severely curtail access to abortion.
Voters will also determine the balance of power in Congress, which could push for a nationwide ban on abortion care or implement tight restrictions on abortion access at the federal level if Republican lawmakers control either house. President Joe Biden has vowed to veto any such legislation.
The independent sought comment from a public information officer at the Supreme Court.