CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- As the U.S. Supreme Court considers a case that could end federal protection for abortions, people gathered in Charlottesville to protest and their message is clear.

Chanting phrases like "My body, my choice," demonstrators call for maintaining access to safe abortions.

“We're getting too close to letting abortions get legislated and that's just wrong,” said Cynthia Nef, a protest organizer.

It's a choice Nef made nearly 50 years ago, and it's one she says saved her life.

"I mean there's a lot of us, there's millions of us who's lives continued because they had an abortion,” she said.

The protest was held just weeks after a draft Supreme Court opinion that could overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was leaked.

“It's horrifying and it's scary,” said organizer Mary Newton.

Protesters took to the Downtown Mall to have their voices heard and fight for rights they say they're tired of fighting for.

“We've been fighting this fight for 50 years and it's enough,” said Dorris Gelman.

Across the country, it is estimated there were 370 protests held across the country this weekend.