After the U.S. Supreme Court’s dramatic overturn of the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade on Friday, Quebec abortion rights groups are holding demonstrations across the province on Sunday.
The Fédération du Québec pour le planning des naissances (FQPN) is organizing multiple protests in Montreal, Quebec City, Trois-Rivieres and other municipalities asking demonstrators to “publicly express your anger at the state sanctioned control of the bodies and lives of women, trans men and non-binary folks in the United States, and to make visible your solidarity with these people now forced to reproduce,” according to the event’s Facebook page.
The FQPN asks participants to gather at the municipality’s courthouse or city hall and wear a black piece of clothing or cloth as a “sign of mourning.”
The Supreme Court decision was not surprising, and abortion rights research organization the Guttmacher Institute in the U.S. says that likely 26 of 50 states will ban the procedure. Thirteen states, the institute says, have “trigger laws” that will ban abortions that will go into effect immediately.
Protesters descended on the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday, and leaders including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Quebec Premier Francois Legault and Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante criticized the ruling.
“I am outraged by the reversal of Roe vs. Wade, and (am) in solidarity with all American women who see their right to control their bodies violated,” Plante wrote on Twitter. “This decision is an unacceptable step backwards.”