Similar protests are planned in at least 70 locations across the country on Friday and the weekend, according to CNN research. Organizations like Planned Parenthood, Bans Off Our Bodies and Women’s March are among the groups organizing the events.
In the nation’s capital on Friday, a person led protesters past the Supreme Court chanting “No hands! No hands!” and a call-and-response of “My body! My choice!”
“It’s illegitimate. Abortion bans are illegitimate,” the woman said. “Forced motherhood is illegitimate.”
Protesters asked those present to donate to abortion advocates and buy abortion pills to distribute to others.
Opponents of abortion rights were also present outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. After the decision was made, a man – standing amid signs reading ‘Roe is dead’ and ‘I am the post-Roe generation’ – sprayed champagne in the air above others who were celebrating . There were several dozen abortion-rights opponents on the site during the afternoon, but it appears they filtered out of the crowds by evening.
The protest was peaceful and there were no arrests or any reason for Capitol Police to intervene. Law enforcement is on the scene as authorities are still concerned about domestic violent extremists who may see large crowds as an opportunity for violence.
In New York’s Greenwich Village, thousands marched and sang through the streets in a peaceful protest. One of the chants addressed the f-word to Judge Brett Kavanaugh. There were anti-abortion activists at the march, but they kept a low profile and there was no confrontation seen by the CNN crew marching with the protesters.
In Atlanta, several hundred people in two different protests merged and gathered outside the Capitol. Almost everyone was protesting the decision. A CNN crew saw a counter-protester where a group started their march a few miles away.
In Texas, a large crowd gathered outside a federal courthouse in downtown Austin. People grabbed a microphone to tell stories, often out of fear and frustration. Some carried signs, including one that read “Pro-life is a lie, they don’t care if we die.”
In Washington, DC, an abortion rights activist climbed to the top of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, which was later closed. Guido Reichstadter posted videos and photos of himself on social media from the top of the bridge, where he unfurled a large green banner. Green is recognized as a symbol of the right to abortion.
Reichstadter also planted a flag on the bridge that read “Don’t step on my womb”.
He told CNN while many people in the United States oppose the Supreme Court’s decision, their support is largely passive, which he says is not enough to ensure women have access to abortion nationwide.
CNN’s Camila Bernal, Gary Tuchman, Whitney Wild, Eliott C. McLaughlin, Sharif Paget, Sara Smart and Nick Valencia contributed to this report.