Protesters ‘promise to stay in the streets’ after failed Senate effort to codify abortion rights
Chicago protesters continue to demonstrate in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion potentially overturning Roe v. Wade.
Candice Choo-Kang was making $13 per hour when she got pregnant at 25 years old.
Abortion, she said, was the logical option.
“There was no way I would have been able to provide a child with housing, food and the things they need to have,” she said.
Choo-Kang, a public health researcher, joined other abortion rights activists in downtown Chicago on Wednesday following a failed last-ditch effort by Senate Democrats to codify federal abortion rights. Mostly along party lines, the Senate voted Wednesday afternoon against pushing the Women’s Health Protection Act forward.
“We found out as we were arriving here,” said Claudia Espinoza-Neal, a cosmetologist who attended the rally. “I was hoping to see a permanent change, a step in the right direction.”
Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth both voted in favor of the bill, and a similar bill was signed into Illinois law in 2019, protecting the right to an abortion in the state.
With President Joe Biden in town at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the time of the rally, some activists called on him directly to do more for reproductive rights.
“Hey Joe, 57% of women voted for you,” one sign read. “Now … help us.”
The demonstration was the latest in a series of protests and rallies for abortion rights since a leaked draft of a Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was made public last week.
Protesters said their commitment isn’t waning.
“We promise to stay in the streets,” Meredith Miklasz, an organizer with the Party for Socialism and Liberation, said while addressing the crowd.