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Protesters gather at abortion rights rallies in California and across US

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Betty Linville, 68, who lives in Koreatown, attended the rally with an Italian friend, Anna Gladstone, 62, who lives in the Hollywood Hills.

“I have memories of women and men fighting for abortion rights 50 years ago,” Linville said. She said she worried the “incredible freedom” of legal abortion was in jeopardy, especially for women who lack the means to travel from a state where it is banned to one where it is allowed.

“What is next?” Linville said. “What else is going to be taken away?”

“This comes down to poor women who won’t have access to travel for abortion,” Gladstone said.

The demonstrations come after Politico reported May 2 that a draft opinion written by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. indicated a majority of the court would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, reversing its recognition of women’s constitutional right to access safe and legal abortions.

The Supreme Court has confirmed the authenticity of the draft but said that the decision is not yet final. At least 26 states are expected to ban abortion if the precedent falls.


The court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority, could issue a final opinion in late June or early July.

Most Americans support abortion rights — up to a point. A major survey of 10,441 Americans by the Pew Research Center, conducted in March and released earlier this month, found 61% of Americans said abortion should be legal all (19%) or most (42%) of the time.

On the other side, just 8% said abortion should be illegal in all cases, while another 29% said it should be illegal in most cases or with only a few exceptions. Those results are consistent with a host of other surveys of opinion regarding abortion.


(L.A. Times staff writer David Lauter contributed to this report.)

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