Abortion Rights Protests Continue in Front of Colorado Capitol


Carly Philpott

A protester shouts call-and-response chants into a megaphone near the Colorado Capitol on Monday. Organizers stood on slow-moving vehicles or walked with the crowd to keep everyone on pace and chanting in unison.

Carly Philpott, Editor-in-Chief

Protests against the overturning of Roe v. Wade continued in front of the Colorado Capitol this week. Thousands heard speeches and marched in protest of the Supreme Court decision.

“I have a daughter, and she’s two, and I am here for her today,” Jeannie, 36, said. Jeannie is a nurse practitioner at Marathon Health in Denver and marched on Monday. “I don’t want her rights to go away…Because I personally have [gone] through this and the fact is that if I didn’t have this option, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Rallies on Monday, June 27, and Saturday, July 2, were in response to the Supreme Court decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson case, which overturned Roe v. Wade. Both protests also came after the Court handed down its decision, criticized by Democrats, in the West Virginia v. EPA case, which limits the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate carbon emissions, and after Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in on Friday, ending Justice Stephen Breyer’s almost three-decade tenure on the Court. Because of the turmoil in the Court, some protests gave general criticism of the Justices, rather than just the Dobbs decision.

While sponsored by varying organizations, ranging from local abortion advocacy group Cobalt to the Denver chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, the message of the marches stayed the same. At the Saturday rally, protesters added an additional message to Governor Jared Polis: provide funding for Colorado abortion centers, as the state will soon become an island for abortion care in the American West and Midwest. The march route took supporters past the Governor’s Mansion on 8th Avenue, where protesters hoisted signs, chanted, gave speeches, and taped a list of their demands to Governor Polis’s front gate.

Protests stayed in the thousands every time, and some surrounding traffic honked their support for the marchers.

See moments from the protests in the gallery below.

The featured image for this story won First Place News Feature Photo and Caption from CSMA.