The Inland Empire chapter of Democratic Socialists of America held a rally Saturday calling for “free abortion, on demand, without apology.” (source: iedsa.org Facebook)

Aryana Noroozi |

The Inland Empire chapter of Democratic Socialists of America (IE DSA) held a rally Saturday calling for “free abortion, on demand, without apology” in response to the 5-4 Supreme Court decision overturning the landmark abortion rights case, Roe v. Wade. 

The ruling leaves abortion up to individual states, with nearly half banning or severely restricting abortion. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives,” wrote Justice Samuel Alito.  There will be no exception for victims of rape or incest in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee or Texas.

Rally-goers march at the Democratic Socialists of America rally for the overturn of Roe v. Wade. (source: iedsa.org/facebook)

In their dissent, Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan wrote, “Most threatening of all, no language in today’s decision stops the Federal Government from  prohibiting  abortions nationwide, once again from the moment of conception and without exceptions for rape or incest. If that happens, “the views  of  [an  individual  State’s]  citizens” will not matter.  The challenge for a woman will be to finance a dissenting trip not to “New York [or] California” but to Toronto.”

“The Supreme Court has violated the will of the people and 50 years of precedent. We will not stand by and watch our rights be stripped from us. Stand up, fight back!” said Organizer Angel Huipo.

Do Democrats share the blame?

More than one hundred people attended the event, which began at Riverside’s Cesar Chavez Memorial where IE DSA co-chair Anabel Nevarez spoke. “The Democrats are worse than useless,” Nevarez said. “I am not here to tell you to vote more or vote harder. [In the June primary], we saw lower voter turnout from Democrats in general. Why is that? Because in the two years Biden and Democrats in Congress have been in power, little has been done by the Democrats to address the needs of working-class people.”

A member, Ren Miles concurred, “The Democratic party is just as complicit as the Republican party through their inaction. For those who blamed the people and told them to vote. We voted. We voted for Democratic leadership as the lesser of two evils. Evil is still evil, and they did nothing to stop this.”

Rally participants gave speeches and shared their contempt for the Supreme Court decision. (source: iedsa.org/facebook)

Following speeches, the crowd marched through downtown Riverside. Chants included, “They say no choice! We say pro choice!” and “Voting blue is not enough! Democrats, we call your bluff!”

The rally followed a Planned Parenthood vigil on Friday which drew several hundred people as did numerous similar events across the country.

Aryana Noroozi

Black Voice News visual journalist Aryana Noroozi was born in San Diego, California and graduated with a master’s degree from The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Her love for visual storytelling led her to document immigrant and deportee communities and those struggling with addiction. She was a 2020 Pulitzer Center Crisis Reporting Fellow and a GroundTruth Project Migration Fellow. You can learn more about her at aryananoroozi.com.