Hundreds rally for abortion rights throughout Southland

Hundreds of Southern Californians on Saturday joined protestors across the United States who have rallied against a recent document leak out of the Supreme Court in regards to the landmark Roe v. Wade decision to protect a woman’s right for abortion.

Dozens gathered in Culver City.


The first notable protest of the day was held in the early afternoon outside of a park in West Hollywood, where protestors carried signs that read “My Body My Choice,” “We Won’t Go Back” and “Abortion on Demand Without Apology” amongst other things. 

They first gathered after the rally was organized by the Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights group. They also have a national week of action planned, set to begin on Mother’s Day and including a nationwide protest on May 14.

Demonstrators then walked through several well-known areas of Hollywood including San Vicente and Santa Monica boulevards, La Cienega Boulevard, Melrose Avenue, Robertson Boulevard and back to San Vicente.

They could be heard chanting, “C’mon, c’mon and join the fight – abortion is a human right!”

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies were on hand to provide traffic control and keep protestors safe, according to Sergeant. E. Jalvez.

Another gathering, labeled a “Unite for Women’s Rights” rally, was planned for 3 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Culver City. 

A sign reading “Legal Abortion Once and For All!” at the rally in East Hollywood. 


It was sponsored by the Culver City High School Reproductive Rights Club, POC4Change, Culver City Community Coalition, Culver City Community of Color Collective and the Culver City Democratic Club. 

One of the dozens of protestors on hand could be seen holding a sign which read, “Respect My Existence or Expect Resistance.”

A third protest was orchestrated by the Party for Socialism and Liberation in East Hollywood at 5 p.m., at the intersection of North Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. 

With Sky9 overhead, dozens of demonstrators could be seen lining the streets, including one party holding a large sign which read, “Legal Abortion Once and For All!” and “We Won’t Go Back, We Will Fight Back!”

By 6 p.m., more than a hundred people could be seen gathered at the intersection, as various gatherers spoke to the crowd. 

At around 6:30 p.m., the crowd began to march southbound down Vermont Avenue, where Los Angeles Police Department officers were on hand to facilitate their movement. 

In their press release, the PSL detailed that they were gathering because, “The Supreme Court has declared war against women and our basic rights to control our own bodies. Now is the time to fight back. Millions of people going into the streets would make it clear that without justice there can be no peace.”

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