Thousands of abortion rights advocates assembled for protests across the United States on Saturday, beginning what organizers announced would be "a summer of rage" if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. Planned Parenthood, Women's March, and other abortion-rights groups organized over 400 "Bans Off Our Bodies" marches for Saturday, with the largest turnouts expected in New York City, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Houston. [tweet_embed] May 17, 2022[/tweet_embed] The protests are in response to the May 2 leak of a draft opinion revealing the court's conservative majority ready to reverse the 1973 landmark choice that established a federal constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. The court's final ruling, which could give states the authority to ban abortion, is expected in June. Roughly half of U.S. states could ban or severely restrict abortion shortly after a ruling vacating Roe. On Friday, Justice Clarence Thomas compared the leak of fellow Justice Samuel Alito's draft opinion, which would overturn abortion protections under Roe v Wade, to "infidelity." There were large gatherings in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, and Chicago on Saturday with some smaller counter-protests. Near the base of the Washington Monument at the National Mall, some protesters waved placards with messages including "How dare they," "We are the majority," and "Fight Back. Protect Choice." [tweet_embed] May 17, 2022[/tweet_embed] The mood was energetic in downtown Brooklyn as thousands of abortion rights backers crossed the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan. No less than 3,000 people assembled in Brooklyn holding a giant pink banner that read: "Our Bodies. Our Futures. Our Abortions." New York City Mayor Eric Adams joined the demonstrations in NYC. When questioned if he supported abortion limits, he explained to Fox News, "No, I think that women should have a right to choose for their bodies, men should not have the right to choose how women treat their bodies." The demonstrators, which included Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in NYC, and other influential Democrats, were of all genders and ages and many wore green. [tweet_embed] May 17, 2022[/tweet_embed] Gillibrand explained to Fox News it was important to establish "how politicized the Supreme Court has been," beginning with documenting previous announcements by the court to the effect that the court has referred to Roe v. Wade as "established precedent," which the court has emphasized should be given "weight and due respect." Hundreds of thousands of people descended on Washington, D.C., New York City, and cities across the nation for a massive protest that organizers announced would be the first of many coordinated rallies around the Supreme Court's decision. "For the women of this country, this will be a summer of rage," stated Rachel Carmona, president of Women's March. "We will be ungovernable until this government starts working for us, until the attacks on our bodies let up, until the right to an abortion is codified into law."