On Sunday, pro-life advocates clashed with pro-choice advocates outside of the United States Supreme Court on the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Activists on both sides were passionate about having their voices heard as the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, which declared abortion a “constitutional right,” was overturned in June of 2022 in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
According to The Christian Post, representing pro-lifers in the rally outside of the Supreme Court included the groups Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising, Pro-Life San Francisco and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust. Their particular goal at the rally was to honor the pro-life activists who have “spent years performing rescues, a nonviolent direct-action technique that involves illegally entering abortion facilities to actively intervene with its operations.”
In contrast, pro-choice advocates also made their presence known outside of the Supreme Court. A few hundred Women’s March participants responded to the pro-lifers by “flipping them off or attempting to silence them by using the siren feature on their megaphones.” While pro-life advocates chanted “Abortion is murder; Abortion is oppression,” Women’s March participants shouted back that “Abortion is healthcare.”
With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the abortion issue has been given back to the states to resolve. According to The Christian Post, Terrisa Bukovinac, founder and executive director of PAAU, shared that the pro-life movement must continue its hard work and remain mobilized to fight for the unborn lives at risk. Bukovinac acknowledged that it is challenging for many to engage in direct action, but urges pro-lifers to do so saying that, “Just the fact that it’s unpopular and difficult to do doesn’t mean that it isn’t what we need to do because it is. It’s the only way…There’s not another way to end an injustice this massive, a global injustice this massive.”
Part of what will make the pro-life movement stronger, argued Bukovinac, is lifting up left-leaning activists and making them more visible to address the issue within their own party. Bukovinac is a “feminist atheist” herself, but argues that “abortion is ‘completely inconsistent’ with feminism’s values of ‘equality, nonviolence and non-discrimination.’” The goal of the pro-life movement, according to Bukovinac, should be to “make abortion a crime by ensuring that 14th Amendment protections apply to all human beings ‘from conception to birth.”’
The rally outside of the U.S. Supreme Court came just two days after the 50th annual March For Life that took over the streets of Washington, D.C. on Friday. While the movement celebrated the overturning of Roe v. Wade, many agree that there is still more work to be done and that the voice of the pro-life movement must remain strong and heard.