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‘Bans off our bodies:’ Cleveland rallies for abortion access [GALLERY]

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On May 2, a draft majority decision written by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was leaked to the public. Though not final, the initial draft would overturn Roe v. Wade — the landmark 1973 case that established a constitutional right to abortion access. 

On May 3, Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the leaked decision was authentic, setting off a chain of protest and political action across the country.

Eleven days later, on May 14, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio hosted a series of rallies across the state. In total, thousands of Ohioans gathered in support of legal abortion access.

At Willard Park in downtown Cleveland, hundreds of demonstrators convened in the shadow of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s 1985 sculpture, the Free Stamp — many of them carrying signs and banners.

The Buckeye Flame captured these images. 🔥 

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H.L. Comeriato is the staff writer for The Buckeye Flame. A queer and non-binary writer and reporter from Akron, Ohio, they covered public health for The Devil Strip via Report for America.

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