Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, a pro-abortion protest in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was declared an “unlawful assembly” after police were forced to deploy smoke as the demonstrators marched down the street and blocked traffic, according to reports.
On June 24, the Supreme Court released its decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned previous abortion precedents Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, returning the issue of abortion to the states. The high court ruled 6-3 in favor of upholding a Mississippi law that banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, though only five of the six justices actually voted to overturn Roe. The sixth, Chief Justice John Roberts, issued a concurring opinion which said that he would have upheld Mississippi’s abortion ban without overturning Roe.
After the ruling was released, Democrats and radical pro-abortion activists across the country began protesting and demanding that action be taken against the Supreme Court for ‘violating their rights.’ One such protest occurred in Sioux Falls, which reportedly escalated to the point that police were forced to intervene.
The protest, which police have said was not permitted, began in downtown Sioux Falls at approximately 7 p.m., Dakota News Now reported. The demonstration was declared an unlawful assembly just after 9 p.m.
According to Sioux Falls Police Chief Jon Thum, a “couple” of protesters were arrested during the incident for a variety of misdemeanors, including failure to disperse. It is so far unclear how many demonstrators were arrested.
The pro-abortion activists chanted slogans such as “Abort the Supreme Court” and “My body, my choice” while marching down the street. Some demonstrators even organized a sit-in on the street.
“I think what you saw tonight was incredibly restrained policing,” Thum said, as he confirmed that officers never used any chemical agents during the demonstration, according to Dakota News Now.
Protesters have sat down on 14th street and 1st Avenue near downtown Sioux Falls. It’s a protest of Roe v Wade ruling by the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/1S3RJmUiAj
— Scott Engen (@Scott_Engen) June 30, 2022