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.

Among the calls to action at Kerry Park on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. (Photo: Alex Garland)
A common refrain at Kerry Park, May 3, 2022. (Photo: Alex Garland)
On the march for the right to choose from West Lake Park. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
Protesters gather at Kerry Park. (Photo: Alex Garland)
At the Kerry Park rally on May 3, 2022. (Photo: Alex Garland)
Younger protesters bring the message in a march from Westlake Park. (Photo: Maile Anderson)
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 in Portland, Ore. He is director of Southend Connect, a platform to support small business and build community in South Seattle, as well as 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)

Before you move on to the next story …
Please consider that the article you just read was made possible by the generous financial support of donors and sponsors. The Emerald is a BIPOC-led nonprofit news outlet with the mission of offering a wider lens of our region’s most diverse, least affluent, and woefully under-reported communities. Please consider making a one-time gift or, better yet, joining our Rainmaker Family by becoming a monthly donor. Your support will help provide fair pay for our journalists and enable them to continue writing the important stories that offer relevant news, information, and analysis. Support the Emerald!