Students at a number of colleges and universities across the United States are staging walkouts in response to the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion reversing the landmark Roe v. Wade.
The Reproductive Freedom Protest (RFP) planned to hold walkouts Thursday at more than 20 county universities.
Among the participants in the walkout are students from Hamilton College, Brown University, Georgetown University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Purdue University, Virginia Tech University, the University of California at Berkeley, Florida International University, and the University of Virginia, among others.
RFP student organizer Dewayne Martin told The Hill in an interview that the goal of the student movement was to influence the impending Supreme Court decision and mobilize more abortion rights candidates to they are running for state elections.
“Our third goal, ultimately, is to show students … and show people in this fight that we have everything we need, no matter what your level of experience in organizing, no matter where. you come, no matter what your background, no matter where, no matter what color you are, no matter what race, no matter all that. You are ready and you are here for this moment,” said Martin, a sophomore in public policy at Hamilton College. “And you are the right person for now.”
Martin said he hoped the walkouts would also encourage people to vote for abortion-rights candidates in the upcoming midterm elections, but added that it was also part of a longer fight.
“Again, this is not a standalone event,” Martin said. “I see this as almost a salute from Walmart to the problem, but also to individuals to see themselves again, to see themselves in the mirror and to see themselves in any student’s process and know that they can do something about it. on this subject.”
The protest comes as political shockwaves rippled across the country after Politico released a leaked draft opinion by Judge Samuel Alito overturning the landmark 1973 ruling, which established the constitutional right to ‘abortion.
In a statement Tuesday, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the leaked draft was genuine, but noted that it did not represent the final opinion of the justices.
Many prominent personalities and organizations have expressed their rage and fear about public opinion, especially the senses. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who are among those urging Congress to pass federal abortion protections.
In a statement, Yale University student Anika Seth said she was taking part in the student walkout because she knew poorer minorities, the LGBTQ community and non-binary people would be “disproportionately hurt” by this decision.
“That’s why I’m protesting in the Supreme Court, at Yale University and in New Haven – in the hope that if we can unite the voices of young people nationwide, we can demand from our government that it grants everyone the freedom to procreate, always,” Seth said. in a statement to The Hill.
“We urge people to speak out in defiance of this unmistakable act of class warfare, whether by protesting, writing to lawmakers, donating to local abortion funds, voting or whatever. we can do to push for change.”