CLEVELAND — Less than two weeks after a draft of a Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade was first made public, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio and The Freedom BLOC will hold a protest in Cleveland.
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According to a Facebook page for the event, the Northeast Ohio Rally for Abortion Justice will take place at Cleveland's Willard Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. As of Friday afternoon, 577 people have marked themselves as "going" to the protest, with another 596 users listed as "interested."
"Rally with us on Saturday, May 14th at Willard Park in Cleveland as we prepare for what’s to come on Decision Day and show that we won’t stop fighting to preserve our right to abortion and bodily autonomy," the description for the event reads.
On May 2, Politico revealed a draft of an opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade by a 5-4 margin. Currently, Ohio has a 20-week ban on abortions in place, although Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has indicated that he would move forward with his 2019 "heartbeat bill," which prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, should Roe v. Wade be overturned. The "heartbeat bill" is currently being held up in federal court.
"I'm asking [Attorney General David Yost] to go into federal court and ask the court to lift the stay that is on the bill that I have already signed," DeWine said on May 3 after his victory in Ohio's Republican gubernatorial primary.
Earlier this week, the Senate's efforts to sign abortion access into federal law was blocked by a Republican filibuster.