Photo depicting a group of protestors, mostly women and female-presenting of various ethnic backgrounds, marching while holding up red protest signs with varying white text that reads, "You can't have capitalism without sexism"; "Stand up for abortion & LGBTQ rights"; "Join the Socialist Feminist Resistance"; and "Roe v. Wade"

Rising Voices in the Fight Over Roe v. Wade

by Phil Manzano with photography by Maile Anderson and Alex Garland

After news site Politico obtained and published a draft opinion last week showing the Supreme Court had voted to overturn a woman’s right to choose an abortion, opposition galvanized overnight.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at Westlake Park last Tuesday night, May 3, and earlier Gov. Jay Inslee called on politicians and advocates to rally at Kerry Park where he vowed Washington “was a pro-choice state, Washington State is a pro-choice state, and we are going to fight like hell to keep Washington a pro-choice state.”

The draft opinion brought out the young and the old, those new to the issue and those in it since 1973 when the Supreme Court decided the case. Signs were hastily created, and it’s likely those signs will see more use in the days ahead as the country waits for the Supreme Court to issue its final decision.

The King County Council declared Tuesday, May 10, that the current Roe v. Wade decision will be the “law of the land” in King County, even if the Supreme Court votes to overturn the case.

“If the Supreme Court moves forward with this outrageous decision, they will take away the rights of women to make decisions about their own bodies,” said Councilmember Claudia Balducci in a press release. “As a nation, we must stand up to this kind of restriction on freedom and autonomy, in the same way we condemn assaults on freedom in any other country in the world. We must also renew our commitment to making abortion care widely accessible in King County and Washington state, including to anyone who needs to flee their own home in order to exercise their reproductive rights safely, legally and with dignity.”

Photographers Maile Anderson and Alex Garland covered the events for the South Seattle Emerald and brought back these photos where the signs told the story.

Photo depicting a protest sign that reads, "It's time to Ovary-Act." The logo of the Women's March on Washington (with "Washington" crossed out and replaced in red text with "Seattle") sits at the bottom of the sign. A crowd or protestors and the Seattle skyline can be seen in the background.
Among the calls to action at Kerry Park on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. (Photo: Alex Garland)
Photo depicting a female-presenting individual standing in Kerry Park carrying a homemade protest sign that reads, "Roe v. Wade: My Body, My Choice."
A common refrain at Kerry Park, May 3, 2022. (Photo: Alex Garland)
Photo depicting an elderly woman holding up a protest sign that reads, "Abortion on demand and without apology."
On the march for the right to choose from West Lake Park. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo depicting a crowd of protestors with one protestor in a bright pink jacket in the foreground carrying a sign that reads, "If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament." The city skyline of Seattle and the Space Needle loom in the background.
Protesters gather at Kerry Park. (Photo: Alex Garland)
Photo depicting a female-presenting individual holding up a cardboard protest sign that reads, "We are not your incubators" in one hand and in the other a cardboard sign reads, "If its not your body, it's not your choice." A toddler sits in a black stroller next to the woman.
At the Kerry Park rally on May 3, 2022. (Photo: Alex Garland)
Photo depicting youth protestors carrying a green banner with white text that reads, "Keep abortion legal. Take to the streets. Rise up 4 abortion rights now!" Protestors behind the group carrying the banner hold various other abortion rights signs in English and Spanish.
Younger protesters bring the message in a march from Westlake Park. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Photo depicting a protestor holding up a white protest sign with red text that reads, "Bans off our bodies!"
Westlake Park protest on May 3, 2022. (Photo: Maile Anderson)

Maile Anderson has had the immense privilege to travel to amazing places with a camera beside her. She believes documenting the changing world, whether in the form of protests or other cultures, is important work that heightens awareness in this time of social justice. Follow her on IG: @tinypicturetaker.

Alex Garland is a photojournalist and reporter. Follow him on Twitter.

Phil Manzano is a South Seattle writer, editor with more than 30 years of experience in daily journalism, and most recently was the news editor for the Emerald.

📸 Featured Image: Protestors gather in the hours after a draft opinion revealed the Supreme Court voted to overturn abortion and a woman’s right to choose. (Photo: Maile Anderson)

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