Photo: “Bans Off Our Bodies” nationwide events.

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

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

Los Angeles

People hold placards at an abortion rights rally in downtown Los Angeles that read: "I'm with her" Other "It banishes our bodies."

Attendees at an abortion rights rally Saturday in downtown Los Angeles outside City Hall carry signs saying “I’m with her” and “Well out of our bodies.”

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Jean English, 67, holds a piece of paper in his hand that says: "Fighting for 50 years. We will not return."

Jean English, 67, leaves his mark: “He has been fighting for 50 years. We won’t go back. ”-Talk about her for her at an abortion rights rally outside downtown Los Angeles City Hall.

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A crowd packed with placards at an abortion rights rally downtown outside Los Angeles City Hall

On Saturday, a packed crowd of placarded attendees at an abortion rights demonstration downtown across from Los Angeles City Hall.

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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

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

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Washington

Abortion rights activists and abortion activists yell at each other during a demonstration.

Abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion activists shout at each other at a “Bans Off Our Bodies” demonstration and march to the US Supreme Court in Washington on Saturday.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Abortion rights activists march on Constitution Avenue in Washington.

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

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

 Abortion rights activists shout at anti-abortion activists.

Anti-abortion activists and abortion rights advocates shout at each other at the “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally in Washington on Saturday.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Hangers on a barricade.

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

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

 A protester puts the signs back on the barricades after the signs are removed by the Capitol police officers.

A protester puts the signs back on the barricades after Capitol police officers shot them down.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)