MANHATTAN — Thousands took to the streets in New York City to demonstrate against the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade.
In Washington Square Park, the site of a large rally, reporter Paige Perez spoke to protesters about their reaction to hearing that federal protections for abortion rights had been removed after nearly a half-century.
“I have grandbabies. And our generation was afforded all these privileges. And now you just said ‘No. So what? You don’t have a voice, woman,'” said Nichole, a retiree who asked that her last name not be published. “I don’t know what the future is going to be for our youth. I just don’t know.”
Even though the ruling had been anticipated for weeks, the news sparked anger, fear and dread.
“As a Black woman, I feel like I have been angry for years,” said artist Bernadette Hagen, 32. “Upset, disappointed. Not surprised. Just have to keep supporting each other and being hopeful.”