These Photos Show People Reacting With Anger And Sadness To The Leaked Roe V. Wade Draft Opinion

The overturning of Roe would undo a half-century of guaranteed access to safe abortions in the US.

People around the country gathered in protest of a recently leaked draft opinion from the US Supreme Court, which would overturn the federal precedent for abortion access. The opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, detailed the conservative majority view that Roe v. Wade is unconstitutional. The overturning of Roe would undo a half-century of guaranteed access to safe abortions in the US, and millions of people across the country could lose access to abortion care overnight.

At this time, the ruling is not official, and nothing has changed for abortion rights. The final ruling from the court is expected later this summer. The leak of a draft opinion from the famously secretive court is unprecedented, and it is unclear what impact the leak, or the protests themselves, will have on the final ruling.

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Lia Marie Flora Johnson of Leesburg, Virginia, wears red handprints to represent violence against women, while joining demonstrators in protest outside of the US Supreme Court, May 3, 2022, in Washington.

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Abortion rights campaigners march through downtown after demonstrating outside the US Federal Courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, on May 3, 2022, after the Roe v. Wade draft opinion leak.

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Demonstrators protest outside of the US Courthouse over the leaked draft opinion that suggests the Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, in Los Angeles, May 3, 2022.

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People protest in reaction to the leak of the Supreme Court draft abortion ruling on May 3, 2022, in New York.

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Abortion rights campaigners demonstrate outside of the US Federal Courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, on May 3, 2022.

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Jeanne Chow and her daughter Isabella Casado hug during a protest in support of abortion rights after the Roe v. Wade opinion leak in Boston on May 3, 2022.

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Hundreds of people turned out to take part in a rally outside the Colorado Capitol to protest the leaked draft opinion on May 3, 2022, in Denver.

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Rachel Dixon leads a call-and-response as a group of demonstrators protests on the street between the Supreme Court and the US Capitol, May 3, 2022, in Washington, DC.

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People attend an abortion rights rally at the Utah Capitol on May 3, 2022, in Salt Lake City.

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A protester holds a wire hanger while participating in a pro–abortion rights march and rally held in Atlanta on May 3, 2022.

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People protest after the Roe v. Wade opinion leak in New York City, May 3, 2022.

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Meghan McCoy takes part in a protest in support of abortion rights in Boston on May 3, 2022.

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Ring Young, 24, demonstrates outside of the Supreme Court on May 3, 2022, in Washington, DC.

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People carry signs, wear slogans, and rally to express outrage at the Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, after the Roe v. Wade draft opinion leak on May 3, 2022.

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Abortion rights demonstrators and anti-abortion protesters outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, May 3, 2022.

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Demonstrators react during a rally in support of abortion rights on May 3, 2022, in Seattle.

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Demonstrators protest outside the US Supreme Court, May 3, 2022, in Washington, DC.

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Demonstrators march down the streets after protesting outside of the US Courthouse in response to the Roe v. Wade opinion leak, in Los Angeles, March 3, 2022.

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Demonstrators hold coat hangers up in the air as they protest outside the US Supreme Court, May 3, 2022, at dusk in Washington, DC.

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Demonstrators protest in front of the US Capitol, across the street from the Supreme Court on May 3, 2022, in Washington, DC.