Thousands march for abortion rights across US

Thousands march for abortion rights across US
Protests were held from here in Los Angeles, on the west coast, to Washington DC, on the east coast. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Tens of thousands of people across all 50 US states have been holding rallies in support of abortion rights for women.

Protesters across the US have been galvanised in opposition to a new law in Texas that severely limits access to abortions in the state.

Pro-choice supporters fear that constitutional rights may be rolled back.

The Supreme Court is set to hear a case in the coming months, that could overturn Roe v Wade – the 1973 decision that legalised abortion nationwide.=

Demonstrators marched to the Supreme Court building in Washington DC, holding signs such as “Make abortion legal”.

Some two dozen counter-demonstrators disrupted the start of the rally.

One man shouted: “The blood of innocent babies is on your hands!” but the Washington Post newspaper reported that he was drowned out by the singing and clapping of the crowd.

One woman in the rally said she was there to support a woman’s right to choose.

Robin Horn told Reuters news agency: “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.”

The rallies acorss the US were organised by those behind the annual Women’s March – the first of which drew millions of people to protest a day after the inauguration of former President Donald Trump in 2017.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul spoke at two rallies.

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