At least 1,000 protest at Wisconsin State Capitol as US Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade

MADISON, Wis. — At least 1,000 demonstrators rallied at the Wisconsin State Capitol Tuesday evening, one day after a report surfaced that the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case that has protected the right to an abortion for nearly five decades.

Protesters, many holding signs, filled the Capitol steps before marching down State Street. Less than 24 hours after Politico released a draft opinion from February that appeared to show the court preparing to strike down the case, politicians on both sides jumped into the debate and protesters took to the streets in multiple cities.

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Organizers billed the protest as a fight to defend abortion rights, adding they hope people in cities across the country turn out to oppose restrictions to abortions.

“It’s very serious and important to all of us that we come out and show support in favor of Roe v. Wade and the message was spread quickly, a lot of people came out to show support,” organizer Catie Thoemke said.

Organizers said Tuesday was just the beginning of what they hope will be a large effort to make their voices heard on the topic.