WASHINGTON-Pro-abortion protesters outnumbered a lone pro-life protester by hundreds, but many still surrounded and screamed at him for nearly a quarter-hour.
Never have so many been so angry at so few.
By 5 p.m., the daily protest over a leaked Supreme Court opinion that could potentially undo Roe v. Wade had grown to about 200 people. Most present were young women, including some high schoolers.
Between speakers, the crowd of women often screamed so loudly that the vibrations of sound felt like a physical force.
One issue that got the most celebration from the crowd was vasectomies. One speaker said that men should get vasectomies. The crowd cheered wildly.
“When did you get your vasectomy?” Florida activist Kimberly Cox repeatedly asked pro-life protester Mark Lee Dickson. Cox attempted to follow Dickson and nag him by asking the same question dozens of times in a row.
“If I had a baby right now, I would die. And where would that leave my children?” she said.
“[Expletive] men,” one protester said.
The protest was primarily about the potential Supreme Court decision, but it often expanded to other issues that had little to do with Roe v. Wade. Speakers brought up transgenderism, the Equal Rights Amendment, and a wide variety of other issues.
Today’s protest was more organized than previous days, with printed signs reading “Gen-Z for Reproductive Rights” held by many of the protesters.
Even so, protest leaders tried to keep protesters concentrated on chanting together and listening to speakers, many protesters seemed to have anger stronger than discipline.
A few yards away from the main protest, pro-life protestor Joe Green sat on a bike. He was debating with some pro-abortion protesters.
“I started speaking up near the end regarding the eugenics and Margaret Sanger’s racism,” he said.
When the main group of protestors noticed that he was pro-life, a large wave of them went toward him with a shout.
Protest leaders attempted to pull them back.
Some followed, but a sizeable core remained.
As he attempted to debate with them, many of them screamed at him repeatedly and called him names.
“Why don’t you go the [expletive] away?” one screamed.
One protester argued that it’s better to abort kids than to have them grow up to live out destructive generational patterns.
“If you’re saying that you witnessed deficiencies in your raising, then as a parent you do better,” Green said.
Protesters shouted in response.
“You get the [expletive] out of here,” shouted Joseph Price, his face contorted with fury.
“You love democracy, right?” Green asked Price.
“No,” Price responded. “We love our rights!” he shouted.
With animalistic expressions of rage, many shouted at Green. Sometimes the shouting was so bad that protesters arguing with Green had to shout for silence. Green was loud in return.
Rather than engaging in debate, many of the protesters slung insults and screamed at Green. Some just screamed wordlessly to drown him out.
But when they described the discussion, the same screaming protesters turned philosophical.
“We’re not just representing pro-choice, but our rights and the protection of our rights,” Price said, moments after he had stopped screaming at Green. Price smelled strangely foul.
“I’m just like, trying to protect my own rights and the rights of, like, my friends,“ said Cameron Belair, another of the shouters. She was so emotionally worked up that she sometimes struggled to form a coherent sentence.
As she talked, she gestured jerkily with her hands, pounding her fist against her palm.
“I had a pregnancy scare when I was 16 in high school, and I considered throwing myself down the stairs because I didn’t have the resources to abort,” Belair said.
Eventually, the crowd around Green left him alone.
“They’re Internet children. They’re suburbanites. They don’t know what they’re rooting for,” Green said.
Green added that he grew up in Washington and opposes abortion because he has seen the devastating impact of abortion on the city’s African American community.
“These people are rooting to make it easier to kill off those kids that were my friends,” he said.
The discipline problems also extended to chanting.
One of the protest’s speakers, Workers’ Circle activist Noa Baron tried to lead a chant.
“The people, united, will never be defeated!” she shouted.
But the crowd failed to listen.
“The people, united, will never be divided!” many responded. Even after several rounds of chanting, the group couldn’t unite behind one chorus.
So far, Democrats appear to have backed the protests.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) spoke at the first day of protests before the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
“I am angry,” Warren said. “I am here because I am angry, and I am here because the United States Congress can change all of this.”
Meanwhile, several Republicans have said the leaking of a Supreme Court draft opinion was destructive to the Court’s integrity
“Politicizing the Supreme Court is extremely bad for the country,” said Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.).