Massive protest erupts in Chicago after Roe v. Wade overturned

Thousands of people marched in downtown Chicago Friday night to protest the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

"Today is a devastating day in history," one activist said.

Several local leaders showed up to join the abortion rights activists, including Governor JB Pritzker, who promised Illinois will not roll back.

"I am beyond proud to have partnered with these women to sign pro-choice legislation that guarantees a woman's right to choose in our state because in Illinois, we trust women!" Pritzker said.

Following the rally, Pritzker led thousands of demonstrators along North Dearborn, many with signs in hand — passionate and angered.

Long time Operation PUSH member Betty Magness has marched for civil rights since the 1960s.

"When I heard it this morning, I thought about all the people in my era who used hangers for abortion because they weren’t legal," she said. "I don’t wanna see that happen again."

Dozens of Chicago police patrolled the crowd as demonstrations remained peaceful. Police say no arrests were made. Another rally is expected to take place at Federal Plaza on Saturday at noon.

On Friday, the US Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide — now letting states have the final say.


Mayor Lori Lightfoot had a simple message for those worried about their access to abortions.

"Come to Chicago," Lightfoot said during a news conference with Planned Parenthood and other groups that help provide abortions.

"We will protect you, we will make sure that your rights are respected," she continued, hours after the expected ruling was finally handed down. "We will make sure that you get access to the health care you deserve."