Hundreds rally outside State House

PROVIDENCE — Hundreds of protesters, demonstrating outside the State House on Friday voicing rage, fear and resistance to the US Supreme Court decision to end the constitutional right to abortion.

Screams and shouts pierced the night as throngs of demonstrate waved homemade signs, some awash in red paint, reading “SCOTUS KILLS” and “ABORT the COURT.”

A woman gazing towards the building’s marble steps sported a black T-shirt on the back of which was written in pink paint: “I DISSENT” — a nod to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Jocelyn Foye, director of The Womxn Project, which organized the rally, described the news of the Supreme Court decision as “devastating” as she watched the growing number of so-called trigger laws take effect around the nation. Thirteen states, many of which are in the South, have such laws, which are designed to ban abortions upon the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Among those in the crowd was Colleen Daley Ndoye, executive director of Project Weber/RENEW, a nonprofit center for harm reduction and recovery services. She said her primary clients are drug users and Black people. She is now worried for their future.

Demonstrators hold homemade signs decrying the Supreme Court decision.

“It is my biggest fear and it is my biggest concern, because I know that they will be the ones who will be disproportionately affected by any bans. Anything where rights are being limited, I know they’re going to be the ones who are going to feel it,” said Daley Ndoye. “Richer women, white women are going to be able to travel.”

Among the speakers was Jackie Anderson, a labor and delivery nurse at South County Hospital and a per-diem worker at Planned Parenthood. Her concern is that for some in the country, privacy may become a thing of the past.

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