Atlanta pro-choice advocates protested; anti-abortion advocates celebrated

Hours after the Supreme Court’s historic decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a large group of abortion-rights supporters chanted and marched their way through the streets of downtown Atlanta on Friday night.

“They’re taking over the rights women should have for their own bodies and I can’t stand it,” said one protester. “Illegitimate decision by the court.”

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The crowd of abortion-rights supporters that started in the dozens eventually grew to at least a thousand as they marched from Centennial Park to the state Capitol.

“(I’m) scared,” said protester Lindsey Bomar. “Definitely scared for women around America.”

Also among the crowd of mostly women was actress Janette Goldstein.

“It’s important to let everyone know that we’re out there so that if you’re with us, you do not feel alone, to send a message to those in power,” said Goldstein.


Across the street, several anti-abortion advocates gathered to counterprotest.

“You see all the guys on the other side. I’m very thankful that they’re able to come out here and express their views and opinions,” said Charles Jones. “I’m just here to express a different view and support the babies and their mothers and fathers.”

Just a few miles away, at the National Right to Life Convention being held this weekend in College Park, it was a day of celebration.

“I’m just very excited to see what happens the next few years as each of the states fights its own battles,” said anti-abortion advocate Rebekah DeWolf.

But the anti-abortion advocates also told us the Supreme Court’s decision does not mean their fight is over.

“I think we should fight until abortion is completely banned,” said DeWolf. “It shouldn’t be an option.”

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