CHICAGO — A large abortion rights protest and march was held Friday night in the Loop.

At 5 p.m., protestors began to gather at Federal Plaza. By 6 p.m., hundreds to thousands were in attendance and a march to Daley Plaza began.

“My father always used to say this my mother’s story is Roe v. Wade. She had an abortion around the same time that this decision came down. So it’s always been very personal for me,” marcher Jeannie Sager said.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker led the march.

“We need to build capacity for the many people in our state who will seek to exercise their reproductive rights in Illinois because in their state it is illegal now,” he said.

Another abortion rights protest is scheduled downtown for Saturday at noon.