Photos: “Bans Off Our Bodies” National Rallies

Thousands of people took to the streets of Southland on Saturday as part of a nationwide effort to protect the right to abortion following a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion reversing the decision history of 1973 Roe against Wade.

In LA, activists demonstrated near City Hall in downtown Los Angeles, joining hundreds of women’s rights rallies across the state and US protesters also gathered in Long Beach, Pasadena , Sherman Oaks, Palos Verdes, and Santa Ana as well as San Francisco, San Diego, Washington, New York, Chicago, and Austin, Texas.

Angels

Attendees of an abortion rights rally in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday in front of City Hall carry signs that read “I’m with her” and “Let’s banish our bodies.”

(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

Jean English, 67, holds a piece of paper that says, "Fighter for 50 years.  We won't be going back."

Jean English, 67, lets her sign: “50 years of fighting. We won’t be going back. — speaks for her at an abortion rights rally outside LA City Hall downtown.

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A packed crowd with signs at a downtown abortion rights rally in front of Los Angeles City Hall

A packed crowd of participants holding signs at a downtown abortion rights rally outside Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday.

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Carrie Worthen, with a symbolic hanger around her neck, notes her support for abortion rights on a banner.

Carrie Worthen, 55, wearing a symbolic hanger around her neck, writes her support for abortion rights on a banner at a rally in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.

(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

Washington

Abortion rights activists and anti-abortion activists challenge each other during a rally.

Abortion rights supporters and anti-abortion activists yell at each other at a “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally and march to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Saturday.

(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

Abortion rights activists march down Constitution Avenue in Washington.

Abortion rights activists march down Constitution Avenue near the United States Capitol during a “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally in Washington on Saturday.

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    Abortion rights activists yell at anti-abortion activists.

Anti-abortion activists and abortion-rights supporters yell at each other at the “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally in Washington on Saturday.

(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

Hangers on a barricade.

Hangers are seen on a barricade as abortion rights activists take part in a ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ rally and march past the Supreme Court on Saturday in Washington.

(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

    A protester puts signs back on barricades after the signs were removed by Capitol Police officers.

A protester puts signs back on the barricades after Capitol Police officers pull them down.

(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

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