Abortion-Rights Activists Get Pulled Off Court During Lynx vs. Liberty

Erin WalshJune 8, 2022

BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 7: Natasha Howard #6 of the New York Liberty shoots a three point basket during the game against the Minnesota Lynx on June 7, 2022 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Evan Yu/NBAE via Getty Images)
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During the middle of Tuesday's game between the WNBA's New York Liberty and Minnesota Lynx at Barclays Center, activists took to the court and stands to rally support for abortion rights.

The activists received an ovation from the crowd before security pulled them off the court, one even being dragged by the hair at one point.

Kailey Edwards @kaileyedwards_

WTF to,<br>HELL YEAHHHHH!! standing ovation for the protesters at barclays tonight!!<br><br>read the fine print ppl ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ <a href="https://t.co/ah6Azy72qv">pic.twitter.com/ah6Azy72qv</a>

Arielle (Ari) Chambers @ariivory

We have the right to free agency over our bodies. This protest was shocking af ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ <a href="https://t.co/Iz7KfHj4Km">https://t.co/Iz7KfHj4Km</a>

Howard Megdal @howardmegdal

Protest here at Barclays over abortion rights <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WNBA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WNBA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TheNextHoops?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@thenexthoops</a> <a href="https://t.co/VedF2CpT7A">pic.twitter.com/VedF2CpT7A</a>

This comes in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court draft majority opinion seemingly poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. The 1973 decision recognized a constitutional right to abortion at the federal level.

This is also one of a number of protests that have occurred at sporting events in recent months.

During a French Open semifinal match between Casper Ruud and Marin Cilic last week, a climate-change activist tied themselves to the net wearing a shirt that read "We have 1028 days left."

Before that, a person glued themselves to the court during a Minnesota Timberwolves game in protest of team owner Glen Taylor, whose egg farm killed chickens because of a bird flu outbreak, according to TNT's Allie LaForce.