Protesters used green bandannas, which have become symbolic of the abortion rights movement. Secret Service agents reportedly biked to the fence initially to remove protesters, but they ultimately left them alone.
“We will not be silent. We will not be ignored. And we will not let politicians play games with our lives and our futures,” read the protest invite on the Women’s March website. “If our leaders won’t take action, we will.”
Outside the White House perimeter, protesters chanted “shame” at the president’s residence, pointing fingers and raising fists. A sit-in has continued around the Pennsylvania Avenue residence.
Before marching to the White House, over a thousand protesters gathered in Franklin Square amid the rain and the threat of arrest. They were prepared, packing umbrellas, raincoats, and jail support forms. None have been arrested.
This is the latest demonstration in the “Summer of Rage,” a protest movement that came from the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which removed the federal protection surrounding abortion.