UPDATE: West Seattle Junction ‘Respect Roe v. Wade’ demonstration

3:11 PM: Received this afternoon from Julia: “I am writing with the info that there will be a demonstration in support of RESPECT ROE V. WADE, starting at 5 pm in the West Seattle Junction; meeting at Easy Street Records. I’m sewing a nice big banner that says, ‘RESPECT ROE V. WADE,’ and hope others will be there to help hold it up!” This is in the wake of a nationwide call to action following Monday night’s news of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion to overturn the 49-year-old landmark ruling.

5:12 PM: We just went through The Junction; the demonstrators are on the KeyBank corner.

6:07 PM: Thanks to the texters who have since sent photos, including the one above.

6:30 PM: Same texter emailed to say, “We’ve dispersed to rise up and raise hell elsewhere.”

7:16 PM: Speaking of “elsewhere,” if you’re headed toward downtown or Capitol Hill, the march under way there currently was just described on police radio as numbering about 2,000.

41 Replies to "UPDATE: West Seattle Junction 'Respect Roe v. Wade' demonstration"

  • WS Res May 3, 2022 (5:44 pm)

    High fives and honks to you demonstrating!  

  • Julia Viglione May 3, 2022 (6:45 pm)

    Thanks for publicizing the event, WSEA Blog: with your help, the news got out and approx. 25 people came! As follow-up, we agreed to keep watching the blog, for news of future protests that any one of us might launch in the future. The banner’s available for anyone to use, here or in a protest anywhere. #loveseattle  #loveneighbors  #westseattleblogisthebest!!

  • Sara May 3, 2022 (6:55 pm)

    Thank you to everyone who was out there today. I am outraged! I wish I could have joined this afternoon. 

  • RickB May 3, 2022 (7:06 pm)

    Right on, thank you!

  • Timeslid May 3, 2022 (7:56 pm)

    FULL SUPPORT! Thank you!

  • The King May 3, 2022 (9:34 pm)

    The draft I’ve read on politico basically punts this issue to the states to regulate.  

    • WS Res May 3, 2022 (10:45 pm)

      And let’s be clear:  That is VERY BAD.

      • Frog May 3, 2022 (11:38 pm)

        It’s irrelevant in WA, and elsewhere it might push a lot of voters to vote Democrat who might otherwise have leaned Republican when reproductive rights were not in play.

      • Niko May 4, 2022 (3:53 am)

        Look up Ruth bader Ginsburg thoughts on Roe v Wade. It was kind of an odd ruling from the get-go not a wrong or bad ruling just an odd one. Because it lasted more do with privacy then abortion rights.

      • Ex-Westwood Resident May 4, 2022 (9:02 am)

        Not according to this SCOTUS Justice (I will let you figure out which Justice said this):

        “Measured motions seem to me right, in the main, for constitutional as well as common law adjudication. 
        Doctrinal limbs too swiftly shaped, experience teaches, may prove unstable. The most prominent example in recent decades is Roe v. Wade.”
         “Suppose the court had stopped there, rightly declaring unconstitutional the most extreme brand of law in the nation, and had not gone on, as the court did in Roe, to fashion a regime blanketing the subject, a set of rules that displaced virtually every state law then in force. 
        A less encompassing Roe, one that merely struck down the extreme Texas law and went no further on that day, I believe and will summarize why, might have served to reduce rather than to fuel controversy.”

        If this IS the Courts final decision, all it does is restore the choice to the states as it should have remained, via the 10th Amendment, as the above Justice reiterates.

        • Ex-Westwood Resident May 7, 2022 (2:12 pm)

          For what it’s worth, if you are wondering which Justice said the above, it was none other than Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

    • Julia Viglione May 4, 2022 (7:47 am)

      Thank goodness for that, at least as long as Inslee is governor.  But what about our friends in Indiana and Louisiana, and so many other large swaths of this country?

    • DC May 4, 2022 (8:34 am)

      This is no different than saying the court punts to the states whether police can arbitrarily enter your home to search it without a warrant. The states do not get to limit constitutional rights. Abortion is a constitutional right. 

    • WS98 May 4, 2022 (11:52 am)

      It’s really regressive, controlling and bad all around. What’s happening is not insignificant, everyone needs to hit the streets in protest as an upstander, contact ALL representives your tell them this is wrong and VOTE to protect all of our current and future rights. Let’s not forget other recent ways conservative SCOTUS members have been openly tipping the scales against democracy: refusing to block obstructive and unbalanced gerrymandering, doing nothing about extreme voter suppression laws, and refusal to shut down corruption of election processes just go name a few.It’s not conspiratorial to state they’re on a calculated path to destroy our democracy and replace it with a Republican controlled autocracy. They won’t stop with Roe, next it will be LGBTQI rights and other well codified civil and constitutional rights. It’s not a matter of IF anymore, it’s WHEN. Anyone who thinks this would never happen has their head in the sand no matter what your political stance is. 

  • Andros May 4, 2022 (3:03 am)

    Protesting is worthless, at this point. Everyone needs to vote. And if we don’t vote , they will take that away too…see Jan 6th. 

    • James May 5, 2022 (9:49 am)

      Can’t vote your way out of everything. Without protesting, we wouldn’t have civil rights movements, anti-war demonstrations, etc. 

  • Phil May 4, 2022 (6:41 am)

    And it ends a federal constitutional right to privacy that has protected Americans against state laws that banned contraceptives, family planning,  gay rights, and physician-assisted end of life decisions. This decision could allow chaotic changes in the relationship between individuals and government. It’s the ultimate right wing dream.

  • Lauren May 4, 2022 (6:51 am)

    When’s the next one? I’ll be there!

  • Pessoa May 4, 2022 (8:39 am)

    There are far, far greater perils to individual sovereignty than the overturning of Roe v. Wade. 

    • Jort May 4, 2022 (3:34 pm)

      Equivocation and minimization of a topic directly regarding personal liberty from a self-professed “libertarian?” No way! Who could have guessed?! Libertarians are so principled!

      • Pessoa May 9, 2022 (2:30 pm)

        See Jort, I do believe that life is complex and messy and in the end it is a woman’s right to choose to end a pregnancy, though I am also mindful that for some women it can can cause emotional scars which I am not so quick to dismiss like some are willing to do.  I am caring for a mentally ill relative who was pressured to have an abortion while at Western State Hospital, the “crowning jewel” of a Washington State medieval mental heathcare system marked by apathy and imcompetence.   

        Unlike you and others who pick and choose what civil rights you believe should be upheld (and under which circumstances you will feel faux concern for the poor), I view the trampling of all civil rights to be a danger and especially those clearly enumerated in the Bill of Rights, like free speech and habaes corpus.   Worst case scenario, a woman will always be able to shop around for a procedure ; if the F.B.I. (Federal Bureau of Investigation) knocks at your door, good luck. 

        I could be wrong, but you appear live in dreamy ideological bubble detached from real life, like a few of your “colleagues”;

    • Oh Seattle May 4, 2022 (6:03 pm)

      Like being asked to put a piece of cloth over the lower half of your face?

      • Pessoa May 4, 2022 (9:43 pm)

        Actually, I thinking more along the lines of the F.B.I collecting data on millions of Americans, without warrants,  a proposed governance board of disinformation, social media determining your perception of the world by deciding what and what you won’t see, ala “The Matrix.”  You know, that sort of concerns that once provoked indignant outcries – at least up until the last presidential election.  

    • James May 5, 2022 (9:51 am)

      This is a joke right? Denying women healthcare and the right to do what they please with their body is a terrorism act to me. 

  • James May 4, 2022 (10:21 am)

    Democrats are awful. More votes than anyone in history in 2020 and they’ve done nothing to protect progressive ideals and basic human rights. Shame on them. And I voted for them…so shame on me too.  In full support of the demo!

    • Jeepney May 4, 2022 (11:50 am)

      Respectfully asking, what could the democrats have done to prevent this?   They fought like hell to keep 45’s SCOTUS nominees off the bench but were outnumbered.

      • Scubafrog May 4, 2022 (6:08 pm)

        Dems could’ve Packed the courts.  They could’ve Indicted those responsible for the coup.  Today’s elected democratic leadership are unspiring, career democrats of many decades, and they’re frankly too old to be at the helm.  The majority of America wants Roe left alone.  Moreover, Americans want gay marriage left alone, and just want to live in peace without far right wing interference.  Sadly, America’s minority party, the GOP, is winning the ‘culture wars’ on all fronts.  They don’t represent America, but they make up the majority of the Supreme Court, and are now undoing Legal Precedent.  At some point, elected Democrats are going to have to grow a spine, and start representing America.   Get as dirty as the GOP.  America’s worth fighting for.  

        • M May 4, 2022 (8:29 pm)


        • Friend O'Dinghus May 5, 2022 (12:28 am)

          With all due respect, no one realized one party would literally turn over the board rather than lose the game. It will take two election cycles, but we can, and must, take back our democracy from those that wish to deny us our right to self-determination.

          • James May 5, 2022 (1:59 pm)

            You can do more than voting. A little demonstrating and pressure in the right places can go a long way.

  • Alex May 4, 2022 (11:14 am)

    Washington will undoubtedly as well as many, many other states, craft legislation to allow abortion.  What are so many people in a lather? The country seems split down the middle but the blue states will go along with Roe.

    • WS 98 May 4, 2022 (12:02 pm)

      Alex, the ‘lather’ is about protecting established rights for ALL women. Do you really believe blue states shouldn’t give a rip about women unlucky enough to live in red states?

      • Alex May 4, 2022 (2:00 pm)

        What you want is YOUR way.   How about letting the voters and or the legislatures of these states decide?    This bootleg opinion seems to be saying abortion is not a right protected by the U.S. constitution, therefore the states decide.    I’m alright with that.

        • HelperMojo May 4, 2022 (2:42 pm)

          Well, Alex. Funny thing about stripping away rights – eventually they’re going to come for yours, too. Everyone should be absolutely outraged at this. 

        • CAM May 4, 2022 (11:06 pm)

          Alex, I would like everyone to have “their way” and I would like people to stop imposing “their way” on other people when it comes to things that have NOTHING to do with SCIENCE, FACTS, or any NEGATIVE IMPACT on the people imposing their beliefs on other people. Explain to me how a person in Alabama having an abortion for any reason whatsoever has an impact on the person 10 miles away from them who is voting to take away their right to have that medical procedure. Did you read the draft? It mentions things like pre and post “quickening” abortions. Do you know what that is? It’s the “sensation” that is “perceived” as movement by the person who is pregnant. Do you know what it sometimes is? Gas or hunger. The highest court in this (curse word deleted) country has based it’s determination of greater than 50% of the population’s right to have self determination over their own body on JUNK SCIENCE. You should be buying your head in shame rather than trying to defend this on some strange principle of state’s rights. Do better. 

    • T May 4, 2022 (12:12 pm)

      It matters because many states are making it impossible. It matters because we (USA) are the only 1st world Nation to be on the list of ridiculous number of women dying due to pregnancy, most 2nd world (developing) nations ranked lower in deaths than us. Mother’s, daughters, sisters and wives are dying in this country. It matters because it is not a right in many states with many more trying to follow. It matters because the national law protecting this right will be challenged and states may lose the right to allow it. States may make it illegal to go to another state and receive one.it matters to me….my mom almost died with a pregnancy in between me and my sister. She had the right to live, to receive emergency medical care, so I exist today.

    • k May 4, 2022 (1:40 pm)

      Because people who live in “blue” states shouldn’t have to worry that they’ll die if they discover an ectopic pregnancy while visiting a “red” state.

  • Anni May 4, 2022 (11:21 am)

    Thanks for being there!    “Get in trouble, Necessary trouble, Good trouble” John Lewis

  • Mj May 4, 2022 (12:00 pm)

    Let’s see the R’s talk about less government, yet many of them support an intrusive government into what should be a personal decision between a woman and her doctor.  This is hypocritical.  The D’s are hypocrites on other issues.

  • Jess May 4, 2022 (2:48 pm)

    Do you know if there are any other events or protests planned in the area?

    I will always support and want to show that it’s a woman’s right to make her own decisions on what is right for her body.

  • anonyme May 5, 2022 (6:53 am)

    Several of the authors of this opinion swore during their confirmation hearings that they would not challenge Roe v. Wade.  Could this be considered perjury?  We must change the way that justices are appointed to the Supreme Court so that the choice is more clearly non-partisan and does not automatically go to the dominant political party du jour.   It is appalling that religious zealots such as Amy Coney Barrett were ever allowed on a court that purports to draw a clear line between church and state.  ‘American freedom’ is a tenuous pretense that cannot be taken for granted; until women are ‘allowed’ control of their own bodies, ‘allowed’ to make decisions on reproduction (and are ‘free’ from fear of sexual assault and violence, I would add) then there is no equality and no freedom.  These are very basic rights and should not be decided on a state-by-state basis on a par with seatbelt requirements.   Abortion is not addressed in the Constitution for very good reason.  It is a personal choice to be made by a woman, and a woman only, as it has been since the beginning of time.

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