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Hundreds rally in Northeast Florida to protest Supreme Court abortion case

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WJCT News
Protesters marched from the Duval County Courthouse to James Weldon Johnson Park and then back on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

Hundreds of people rallied Wednesday evening in Northeast Florida in support of abortion rights, part of a wave of protests across the country.

Women's March Florida's Jacksonville chapter organized a rally at the Duval County Courthouse after a draft opinion by the Supreme Court leaked Monday night showing the court may overturn Roe v. Wade.

Protesters marched to James Weldon Johnson Park and then returned to the courthouse. A Jacksonville sheriff's deputy estimated the crowd as large as 2,000 people by the end.

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Will Brown
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WJCT
Protesters rally at the Duval County Courthouse on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

About 100 others gathered for a demonstration in St. Augustine.

The draft majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, is not a final opinion, however, and the court could still decide differently.

Read more about the rallies at WJCT News partners The Florida Times-Union and News4Jax.