The protesters believe women not the government or men should have control over their bodies.
In opposition to a new Texas law that limits access to abortion severely, US citizens have taken to the streets in all 50 states to show support for abortion rights. Campaigners fear that the constitutional rights of Americans may be rolled back with the new law.
The Supreme Court is set to hear a case that could see the Roe v Wade 1973 decision (which legalized abortion in America) overturned in the coming months. Protesters in Washington marched to the Supreme Court building with placards saying “Make abortion legal.’’
Washington Post newspaper reported that some two dozen anti-abortion rights demonstrators tried to disrupt the rally with one man heard in the background shouting “the blood of innocent babies is on your hands,’’ but the singing and clapping pro-abortion rights protesters drowned his voice.
A woman named Robin Horn told Reuters news agency that she was part of the demonstration to support the right of women to choose. She said: “While I’ve never been faced with that choice fortunately, there are many women who have and our government and men have no say in the outcome when it comes to our bodies.’’
Organized by the group behind the annual Women’s March that drew millions of Americans to protest just a day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump in 2017, the executive director of Women’s March, Rachel O’Leary Carmona said: “This is kind of a break-glass moment for folks all across the country. Many of us grew up with the idea that abortion would be legal and accessible for all of us. Seeing that at very real risk has been a moment of awakening.’’
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