Women’s rights activists fight to maintain abortion protections – NBC Boston

With a leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade and the abortion protections she has guaranteed for half a century, women’s rights advocates have pledged to fight for freedom.

“I hear people literally every hour,” Jesse Mermell said Wednesday.

Mermell previously worked for Planned Parenthood and ran in the Democratic primary for the congressional seat held by Rep. Jake Auchincloss of Massachusetts.

“I hear the terror,” Mermell said. “I hear anger. I hear everyone through the political perspective.”

Photos: Protests erupt across the country after the Supreme Court leaked Roe v. Wade overturning abortion rights

Amanda Hunter is a Fellow of the Barbara Lee Foundation, which conducts nonpartisan research to advance women in politics.

“It will be a very interesting development to see how many women are reactivated in politics,” Hunter said.

The foundation discovered that many women were exhausted by the pandemic and were withdrawing from politics.

“What will be interesting is to see how many women choose to get involved in politics, perhaps from other professional backgrounds, because of the news that broke this week,” Hunter said.

Rebecca Hart Holder is part of Reproductive Equity Now. She expects that either directly in politics or through volunteerism, others will take action at the state level to secure their rights here in Massachusetts.

That’s exactly what the Boston Red Cloaks do. The group defends reproductive rights and women’s right to vote.

“There was a young lady who was on our Red Cloaks Zoom who was just thrilled to find us through her mother,” Kate Kavanagh said. “People have been calling it for years, assuming someone else is going to deal with it. I hope they know that’s not the case anymore that we all need to get up and do something now, or our world is going to be very different.”

The Boston Red Cloaks are holding a rally at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Massachusetts State House.