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Rallies held across Tri-State Area in response to Roe v. Wade draft opinion

Leaked Supreme Court draft opinion sparks rallies across region
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FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- A leaked Supreme Court draft opinion on Roe v. Wade published by Politico has people on both sides of the issue rallying across the Tri-State Area.

As CBS2's Leah Mishkin reports, they marched on the streets of New York and gathered with signs in New Jersey.

"It's insulting and very frightening," Leonia resident Mary Martire said.

People of all ages came out in the rain to raise their voices in support of a woman's right to an abortion.

"I'm concerned about young women that don't even know yet what could happen when they're in a very difficult situation," Ridgewood resident Christine O'Neill said.

"We remember the bad old days ... when women had to face the prospect of having an illegal and very dangerous abortion," Martire said.

One anti-abortion rights resident showed up to the event to express his views.

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Others against abortions came together across the country, like in Georgia on Friday afternoon.

"We're on the precipice of honoring what God has put forth and that's life. God has given us life," one speaker at that event said.

"No legislator, no court should come between a woman and her health care. It's a private decision," Congressman Josh Gottheimer said.

Gottheimer says he attended the "We Won't Back Down" rally in Fair Lawn to support a woman's right to choose. He says the House recently acted to codify Roe v. Wade, and he hopes the Senate takes similar action soon.

"We don't need to tear our country apart right now. We need to come together, and this has been something that's been the law of the land for decades now. The majority of Americans have made it clear they believe in a woman's right to choose," Gottheimer said.

Sen. John Cornyn, of Texas, meanwhile, said, "I think those decisions should be made by the elected representatives of the people back in the various states."

This debate is not only playing out in Washington, but in cities across the country.

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