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‘Hey Alito F**k You’: Protesters Fume Outside Supreme Court After Roe v. Wade Gutted

‘Hey Alito F**k You’: Protesters Fume Outside Supreme Court After Roe v. Wade Gutted

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Hundreds of furious and devastated protesters flocked to the Supreme Court on Friday morning as news broke of the court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to an abortion.

The scene was initially surreal. On one side of the crowd, people were celebrating Roe’s demise by blasting club music and firing up a bubble machine. Just feet away, a much larger group of people were outraged, with several women in tears and vowing to fight on.

“Do not succumb to despair!” shouted one abortion rights organizer, as the thumpa-thumpa-thumpa of a dance track carried on in the background.

By early afternoon, dozens more people showed up wearing stickers and T-shirts declaring support for abortion rights. They stood together leading chants about the need to protect women’s rights, and waving homemade signs with messages like “Hey Alito, fuck you” and “No reproductive rights for women = no sex for men.” (Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion in Friday’s ruling.) Along the periphery of the crowd, a handful of counterprotesters with anti-abortion signs stood by.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was one of the few politicians to join the crowd. Speaking through an amplifier, she acknowledged the frustration many people had expressed that day about the limits of electoral politics.

“This is not something that’s going to be solved in a day, or in an election, or in a year, because we’ve got to strap in,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “This is a generational fight.”

“We have to fill the streets. Right now, elections are not enough,” she continued. “I’m not going to be here and tell you to drop out, because we need to show up everywhere. We need sand in every damn gear … Elections alone are not going to save us. We need to show up, yeah, at the ballot box, but that’s the bare minimum.”

Police were on the scene, too, some of them having marched up in militarized gear from the Capitol building across the street. The Metropolitan Police Department and Homeland Security Emergency Management agency announced in a joint statement that they had initiated “full departmental activation” until next Tuesday in preparation for demonstrations.

It wasn’t a particularly tense scene outside the court, though. If anything, the prevailing mood among supporters of abortion rights was simply one of defeat, and an uncertainty about what to do now.

Bristol Williams, a 43-year-old Black woman, was…

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