Photos: Nationwide ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ rallies

Thousands of people took to the streets in the Southland on Saturday as part of a nationwide effort to protect abortion rights in the aftermath of a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overruling the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

In LA, activists demonstrated near City Hall in downtown Los Angeles, joining hundreds of women’s rights rallies across the state and the U.S. Protesters also gathered in Long Beach, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, Palos Verdes and Santa Ana as well as San Francisco, San Diego , Washington, New York, Chicago and Austin, Texas.

Los Angeles

People hold signs at an abortion rights rally in downtown LA that read, "I'm with her" and "Bans off our bodies."

Participants at an abortion rights rally Saturday in downtown Los Angeles outside City Hall carry signs that read, “I’m with her” and “Bans off our bodies.”

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Jean English, 67, holds a piece of paper that says "Fighting for 50 years.  We won't go back."

Jean English, 67, let her sign – “Fighting for 50 years. We won’t go back. ” – Speak for her at an abortion rights rally in front of LA City Hall downtown.

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A packed crowd with signs at an abortion rights rally downtown in front of Los Angeles City Hall

A packed crowd with participants holding signs at an abortion rights rally downtown in front of Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday.

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Carrie Worthen, with a symbolic hanger around her neck, jots down her support for abortion rights on a banner.

Carrie Worthen, 55, wearing a symbolic hanger around her neck, jots down her support for abortion rights on a banner at a rally Saturday in downtown Los Angeles.

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Washington

Abortion rights activists and antiabortion activists shout at one another at a rally.

Abortion rights supporters and antiabortion activists shout at one another during a “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally and march to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Saturday.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Abortion rights activists march up Constitution Avenue in Washington.

Abortion rights activists march up Constitution Avenue near the U.S. Capitol during a “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally in Washington on Saturday.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

  Abortion rights activists shout at antiabortion activists.

Antiabortion activists and abortion rights supporters shout at one another during the “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally Saturday in Washington.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Hangers on a barricade.

Hangers are seen on a barricade as abortion rights activists take part in a “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally and march to the Supreme Court on Saturday in Washington.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

  A demonstrator puts signs back up on the barricades after the signs were taken down by Capitol Police officers.

A demonstrator puts signs back up on barricades after Capitol Police officers took them down.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)