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Abortion rights supporters to picket Chicago’s federal court as SCOTUS reviews Texas law

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Chicago-area abortion rights supporters will picket the 7th Circuit federal court building, 219 S Dearborn Street, on the day that the Supreme Court hears oral arguments about Justice Department and abortion providers’ challenge to the Texas abortion.

The picket will occur at 5 p.m on Monday, Nov. 1.

“Three new polls, all conducted after the court’s Texas abortion vote, have shown sharp drops in approval of the court,” reported Los Angeles’ ABC outlet. “Just 40% of Americans approve of the court, according to the latest Gallup poll. That’s among the lowest it’s been since Gallup started asking that question more than 20 years ago. Approval was 49% in July.”

Ninety percent of Democrats and 57% of Republican oppose laws that allow private citizens to sue abortion providers or those who people seeking abortions, according to a recent PBS NewsHour / NPR / Marist poll.

“Just two days after the Texas abortion ban went into effect, Planned Parenthood of Illinois health centers started seeing Texas patients,”  said Brigid Leahy, senior director of public policy for Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, at a reproductive rights rally in October.

“By picketing the federal court, we will be demanding that the right-wing justices set their anti-abortion biases aside and stop whittling away women’s and reproductive rights,” said Linda Lowe of Chicago For Abortion Rights in a press release. “As polls and the large, nationwide October 2nd demonstrations show, the majority of Americans believe we should defend Roe v Wade and keep abortion safe and legal. The high Court’s refusal for a second time to block the draconian and clearly unconstitutional Texas Ban has unleashed a firestorm of opposition.” 

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