Women’s March rallies in DC on Dobbs anniversary to advocate for abortion rights, access

One year after the Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, the Women’s March held a rally and march in D.C. that started at Columbus Circle and led attendees to the steps of the Supreme Court.

“We won’t go back!” cried abortion rights supporters of all ages, races and genders in attendance at Saturday’s event.

For many abortion rights advocates who flocked to D.C. Saturday, the fight for reproductive healthcare access is one that they say affects everyone.

“I have such a lovely woman in my life who took the time to educate me about women’s rights,” said Marques Fleming, a resident of Lynchburg, Virginia, who marched with his girlfriend Lindsey Bateman. “I do believe no one has the power to control someone else’s body,” he added.

Bateman, who will soon be a healthcare provider herself, said she felt compelled to make the drive up and march.

“A few months from now, I’ll be treating OBGYN patients in the state of California,” she told WTOP. “It’s really important for me to be able to advocate for my future patients.”

The couple told WTOP they’re even thinking of starting their own family soon, and say they believe they should be the ones who make the decision about when – not anyone else.

“For us to be here, and at least be fighting the good fight, I think it’s very important for our future, as parents,” Bateman said.

“We are the majority!” chanted protestors as they marched from Columbus Circle to SCOTUS. “We are still here fighting for our rights!”

“I’m a woman. I’m a mother. I’m a grandmother. There’s nobody to ask permission from,” said Alice Robeson, who came in from Annapolis, Maryland. “We all have bled for our children, but it was on our terms. Not this.”

Robeson and others like Angela Corey, who made the journey all the way from Boston, Massachusetts, say freedom over their bodies and the ability for women to make their own choices about starting a family are causes worth fighting for, no matter how much time and effort it takes.

“I’m 75 years old and I had more rights when I was younger than women do today,” Corey told WTOP.

“A bunch of old men telling women what to do with their bodies is the most deplorable thing in the world,” she added.

Corey says she’ll keep coming to these marches as long as she can and wants people to know—the fight isn’t over.

“The poorest states in the country, with the poorest people, who this will affect the most, are the ones being hit with it the hardest,” she said.

Matt Kaufax

If there's an off-the-beaten-path type of attraction, person, or phenomenon in the DC area that you think more people should know about, Matt is your guy. As the features reporter for WTOP, he's always on the hunt for stories that provide a unique local flavor—a slice of life if you will.

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