Roe vs. Wade protests continue in downtown LA for 4th day – NBC Los Angeles

Demonstrators took to downtown Los Angeles all weekend to protest the Supreme Court’s Friday 5-4 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Those protests continue on Monday, with some local groups calling for daily protests at federal buildings and courthouses following the decision to remove the federal right to abortion.

Some of the protests will be organic, popping up anywhere as people show up with signs and chants.

Others are planned by these local groups in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties, ranging from highly organized to grassroots activism.

A group is calling for a strike at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon and asking participants to meet at the federal courthouse at 350 W 1st Street in downtown LA.

“When women’s rights are under attack, what do we do? Rise up, fight back,” chanted the crowds that kicked off protests in downtown Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.

The city has been the backdrop for protests since then, with large crowds gathering on Saturday and Sunday and making their way through the streets.

Demonstrators gathered in downtown Los Angeles for the second day in a row to protest the Supreme Court’s overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade.

But as these crowds of reproductive rights advocates express their anger and fear at the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down federal protections guaranteeing a woman the right to an abortion, others who support the “Right to life” celebrate.

“That’s what makes abortion so difficult,” said Susan Swift, attorney and vice president of legal affairs for the Right to Life League. “Because we want to respect the life of the woman, but we also want to respect the life of the unborn baby.”

Pro-life supporters have vowed to continue their work to abolish abortion in California.

Local law enforcement is also responding to protests seen in recent days, following clashes between the Los Angeles Police Department and protesters in downtown Los Angeles on Friday night.

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Robert Kovacik reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. June 24, 2022.

A protester at the rally was arrested and charged with attempted murder after using a makeshift flamethrower. An officer was injured. Another protester launched a firework display into a crowd of protesters.

The LA Police Protective League issued a lengthy statement calling on city leaders to intervene.

“This type of raw violence exhibited in Los Angeles and across the country by dangerous mobs bent on destruction has nothing to do with a woman’s right to choose,” the statement read in part. “This is nothing more than disgusting and opportunistic behavior by criminals hiding behind our First Amendment.”

Actress Jodie Sweetin, known for her role as Stephanie Tanner on ‘Full House,’ was seen in a video being pushed to the ground by LAPD officers during an abortion rights protest in Los Angeles. Lauren Coronado reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. June 26, 2022.

Video of another clash between protesters and the LAPD, this time from Saturday’s demonstrations, showed actress Jodie Sweetin of “Full House” fame being thrown to the ground by officers in full tactical gear. The actress confirmed that it was her in the video, which was widely shared on social media.

David H. Henry