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PHOTOS: Thousands flock to Boston Common in support of abortion rights

Protesters begin marching down Park Street during the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Protesters begin marching down Park Street during the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Thousands of people marched around Boston Common Tuesday night, lending their voices to a national chorus of people in support of abortion rights.

The rally and march came together with little advance planning just one day after a draft of a Supreme Court ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked to Politico. On Tuesday, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the draft was real, but stressed it was still a work in progress and not yet law.

Just hours before the rally, Massachusetts lawmakers stood before the State House, assuring people the ROE Act, passed last year, would protect women in the state.

Chanting "Stand up! Fight Back!" the crowds in Boston joined the national protests against the draft decision. Here are some images from Tuesday's rally.

Taylor Gonsalves holds up a sign during the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Taylor Gonsalves holds up a sign during the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Two protesters hold signs reading, “I will not go quietly back to the 1950’s” during the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Two protesters hold signs reading, “I will not go quietly back to the 1950’s” during the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Kha Dickerman, left, joined thousands of others to rally to defend abortion rights at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Kha Dickerman, left, joined thousands of others to rally to defend abortion rights at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

More on the Supreme Court's leaked draft opinion on abortion:


Naph (no last name) chants to the crowd of thousands that gathered at the Massachusetts State House for the Defend Abortion Rights rally. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Naph (no last name) chants to the crowd of thousands that gathered at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Alexa Steele wrote the words "my body my choice" on the palms of her hands as she joined thousands of others at the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Alexa Steele wrote the words "my body my choice" on the palms of her hands as she joined thousands of others at the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Thousands of protesters gather during the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Thousands of protesters gather during the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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Thousands of protesters gather during the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Thousands of protesters gather during the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Thousands of protesters make their way down Tremont Street during the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Thousands of protesters make their way down Tremont Street. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Samantha Mahoney wears a clothes hanger around her neck and marches with thousands of others down Tremont Street during the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Samantha Mahoney wears a clothes hanger around her neck and marches with thousands of others down Tremont Street during the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Thousands of protesters march down Tremont Street during the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Thousands of protesters march down Tremont Street. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Thousands of protesters march down Beacon Street during the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Thousands of protesters march down Beacon Street during the Defend Abortion Rights rally at the Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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Jesse Costa is the multimedia producer for WBUR.

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