Protesters gather outside the Supreme Court building after a leaked draft statement to overthrow Roe v. Wade

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Protesters have gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court building after an alleged draft statement from the Supreme Court cracking down on the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade was released to the public in an unprecedented leak Monday night.

The alleged statement, leaked by Politico, was quickly shared online, and crowds from both sides of the aisle flooded the sidewalks just outside the historic courthouse.

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Supporters of Roe v. Wade, who legalized abortion across the country in 1973, shouted that abortion remains legal, criticized Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, and called for the end of Senate filibusters.

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A group of people gather outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022, in Washington.

A group of people gather outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photo / Anna Johnson)

“Abortion is health care,” people shouted from one side of the crowd.

As pro-life crowds gathered to counter the initial protest, the singing language was mixed.

Police move barricades into place as a crowd gathers outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022, in Washington.

Police move barricades into place as a crowd gathers outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

“Hey, hey, ho, ho, sexist fascists have to go,” shouted advocates of abortion, who were greeted with the echo of pro-livers: “Hey, hey, ho, ho Roe v. Wade has to go. “

Pro-choice supporters also went on to criticize Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va, who occasionally swings his vote with the 50-member Republican minority to prevent the passage of controversial issues. Manchin joined the Republicans in blocking a bill to codify Roe earlier this year.

“F — Joe Manchin,” the protesters shouted at one point.

A group of people gather outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022, in Washington.

A group of people gather outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photo / Anna Johnson)

“Roe made a huge mistake from the start,” the February 1st draft statement reads. The statement was allegedly written by Judge Samuel Alito, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, to determine the outcome of the case. known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Since this is a draft and not an officially signed statement, Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land. Drafts are circulating and changing.

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Protesters also called for the end of the Senate filibuster, which they blame for getting in the way of the codification of abortion, as the filibuster rules have actually required 60 votes to be passed, often an insurmountable goal for bipartisan affairs.

Congress has failed to legalize abortion since the country’s largest abortion case was settled in January 1973.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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