100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
Thousands take to streets across US to support abortion rights
Supporters of abortion rights took to the streets across America on Saturday to make clear their anger at the prospect…
Pro-choice demonstrators rally across the US over expected reversal of Roe v Wade – as it happened
Thousands take to the streets in opposition to supreme court’s draft opinion scrapping constitutional right to abortion
Reproductive rights supporters rally across the country
Thousands of reproductive rights supporters are gathering Saturday at rallies across the country in protest of the leaked Supreme Court…
Gov. J.B. Pritzker looks to late mother’s legacy as he seeks national leadership role on abortion rights
A California kid in the 1970s, he accompanied his mother to demonstrations, including marches for abortion rights. The governor says…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Abortion rights backers rally across U.S. over post-Roe future
Activists rallied to express their outrage and mobilize for the future as Republican-led states are poised to enact tighter restrictions.
Thousands expected to rally across US for abortion rights
New York (AFP) - Thousands of activists are gearing up to take to US streets Saturday in a national day…
Get all your news in one place
Latest National news:
Queanbeyan glass artist wins prestigious prize
"It's wonderful [recognition] because otherwise I'm stuck at home in my workshop with the dog and I'm too close to…
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
Catholic school students go to remote learning
Canberra's school systems suffer further teacher shortages as virus hospitalisations climb.
UAP may have more backing than polls suggest, with voters too embarrassed to voice support, analysis shows
Hour-long TV ads on commercial networks aired before media blackout as part of fringe party’s projected $70m election campaign spend
Neil McGuigan joins Hunter wine legends
He is the fourth member of his family to be earn legend status
'Give cannabis a voice': Campaigner running for Senate on pro-pot platform
The long-time national campaigner for the legalisation of cannabis is also backing industrial hemp production.
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
Monique Ryan to lodge legal challenge after AEC anomaly prevents thousands of Covid-positive Australians voting
Teal independent says she will lodge federal court challenge as AEC admits people who tested positive early this week but…
A Genius With Too Much Thyme On Their Hands Sneakily Called Out The PM Via Woolies’ Spice Aisle
Ok, I like it, Picasso.

Chicagoans rally across the city for abortion rights: ‘Everything else is up for grabs’

By Mary Norkol

Nine-year-old Mia Dreyfuss wants to make her own decisions.

“I don’t want people telling us what to do,” she said while standing with her mom and twin sister, Sophie, at a rally supporting the right to abortion in Union Park Saturday morning.

“They wanted to be here and I’m so proud of them for that,” Lori Dreyfuss said of her daughters.

The Near West Side protest, part of the national “Bans Off Our Bodies Day of Action” organized by Planned Parenthood and other groups that support abortion rights, drew several thousand demonstrators carrying signs and chanting and cheering.

It marked the city’s latest rally in response to the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft decision indicating justices will soon overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that has protected abortion rights nationally for nearly five decades.

Some protesters, like retired marketer Sue Brady, said they fear other potential rollbacks in the wake of Roe’s looming reversal.

“This is just the beginning,” said Brady, 61. “Everything else is up for grabs.” 

The Mount Prospect resident carried a sign that read “Next up: No birth control, no same sex marriage, no mixed race marriage, no Brown vs. Board of Education.”

“Maybe this will be the rallying cry… a wake up call,” she said.

The “Bans Off Our Bodies” demonstration was one of several across Chicago Saturday, marking the second week of mass protests in the city. A demonstration at Millennium Park Saturday organized by the group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights drew several hundred activists, including Val Lunsford of Austin.

Lunsford, who is nonbinary, had an abortion more than a decade ago.

“I was in an emotionally abusive relationship that I was already trying to end,” they said. “I knew that I could not tie myself to that person for the rest of my life.”

Lunsford, who protested at both Millennium Park and Union Park, carried a sign that read, “I had an abortion and I’m queer. My body, my choice, zero regret here.” The other side declared: “Everyone loves someone who had an abortion.”

A small group of anti-abortion demonstrators stood outside the downtown protest with signs that read, “Infanticide: America’s Holocaust,” and, “Jesus saves from hell.” A few verbal confrontations took place between organizers on either side of the issue.

Some anti-abortion organizers offer adoption as an alternative to abortion in the event of an unwanted pregnancy. Critics say that puts pregnant people through unnecessary physical, mental and financial stress.

“I was adopted from Paraguay, and my parents adopted me after having difficulties having their own children,” said Roxanne Meyer, a demonstrator from East Lake View. “If people want to adopt, they should. But not everybody has the luxury of being able to afford full-term pregnancy. Sometimes giving up for adoption is not even an option for them.”

The leaked draft was made public almost two weeks ago, but it’s left some people struggling to comprehend what’s at stake. Tessa Anderson, a 35-year-old software engineer from Hyde Park, said she “never would have thought” she’d see Roe overturned.

“I’m still processing, I can’t find the words,” she said.

The Union Park rally drew speakers including elected officials Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who called on people to donate to abortion funds and support candidates that will protect abortion rights in local, state and federal elections.

“More and more people are needing support to get to care,” said Qudsayyiah Sharyif of the Chicago Abortion Fund. “We need your investment in abortion funds and we need your pledge to protect pregnant people.”

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot have affirmed the state and city will remain a “beacon” for people from neighboring states seeking abortions even if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Illinois codified the right to an abortion with a state law in 2019.

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.

Dive Deeper:
Thousands take to streets across US to support abortion rights
Supporters of abortion rights took to the streets across America on Saturday to make clear their anger at the prospect…
Pro-choice demonstrators rally across the US over expected reversal of Roe v Wade – as it happened
Thousands take to the streets in opposition to supreme court’s draft opinion scrapping constitutional right to abortion
Reproductive rights supporters rally across the country
Thousands of reproductive rights supporters are gathering Saturday at rallies across the country in protest of the leaked Supreme Court…
Gov. J.B. Pritzker looks to late mother’s legacy as he seeks national leadership role on abortion rights
A California kid in the 1970s, he accompanied his mother to demonstrations, including marches for abortion rights. The governor says…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Abortion rights backers rally across U.S. over post-Roe future
Activists rallied to express their outrage and mobilize for the future as Republican-led states are poised to enact tighter restrictions.
Thousands expected to rally across US for abortion rights
New York (AFP) - Thousands of activists are gearing up to take to US streets Saturday in a national day…
Get all your news in one place