Thousands of pro-abortion protesters took to the streets in Washington, D.C. and other cities on Saturday, pushing back against Texas’s near-complete abortion ban as well as widespread fears about the future. Roe vs. Wade.
Participants of the rally for abortion justice gather at Freedom Plaza in DC on Saturday afternoon planned An incident reminiscent of the afternoon march to the Supreme Court Mass Women’s March Held a day after the 2017 inauguration of former President Donald Trump.
Protesters also gathered in Austin and several other Texas cities on Saturday. Reuters reports, pushing back against a stricter set of abortion rules that went into effect last month.
Saturday’s rallies were prompted partly by a new Texas law that prohibits nearly all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, and allows private individuals to sue and seek $10,000 in damages. Any that “aids or abets” abortion. The Supreme Court last month decided not to overturn the law, making some of the most sweeping restrictions on abortion in nearly 50 years into effect in early September. Abortion rights advocates fear a High Court 5-4 decision — which did not rule out reversing a future Texas law — may precede a broader rollback of abortion access and erosion. Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that banned state-level abortions. In its current session, the Supreme Court will consider a law passed by Mississippi seeking to outlaw most abortions after 15 weeks, a potential challenge. Roe vs. Wade.
Protesters were also called in London, traffic From Trafalgar Square to the US Embassy in the United Kingdom, an event UK advocacy group abortion rights designed as a show of solidarity with US protesters.