Tears, bubbles, defiance mingle outside U.S. Supreme Court after abortion ruling

WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – Some wept with joy, others looked dejected and chanted defiantly that the battle was not yet lost as hundreds of protesters outside the U.S. Supreme Court celebrated or condemned its decision to cancel the right to abortion.

Despite some fears that the emotional issue could spark violence, protests by abortion rights opponents and supporters, many of them university students, were peaceful, with the two groups standing on either side of the court building on First Street in Washington, DC.

Many rallied on Friday before the court made the dramatic decision to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade who recognized a woman’s constitutional right to abortion and legalized it nationwide. Read more

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“I am overwhelmed with gratitude that the Supreme Court has taken it upon itself to take courageous action to save these babies,” said Macy Petty, 22, of South Carolina.

Petty knelt in tears upon hearing the news of the court ruling, while other activists around her cheered and sang a song about Jesus loving everyone.

Opinion polls show that a majority of Americans support abortion rights. But overthrowing Roe has been a goal of Christian opponents and conservatives for decades, with annual marches in Washington including in January this year.

The crowded street in front of the fenced Supreme Court was split in two.

On the one hand, there was a party atmosphere as abortion rights opponents played music, bubbled, danced and chanted “Goodbye Roe”. On the other side, abortion rights advocates chanted “no justice, no peace”.

“I’m here to stand up against the shame of our country that allowed innocent unborn lives to be killed,” said Marco Sanchez, 23, of Portland, Oregon, who has been involved with the anti-abortion group Students for Life since its first year. high school year.

A dozen Democratic lawmakers marched outside the U.S. Capitol to address pro-abortion rights protesters, including progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who chanted “into the streets.”

Among abortion rights activists, Sam Goldman, 35, called the court’s decision “illegitimate”.

“Forced motherhood is illegitimate. This must not stand. Nationwide legal abortion on demand is what is needed and people must flood the streets and not stop until this demand is met. not won,” Goldman said.

Several abortion rights activists said the court seemed out of step with public opinion because a majority of Americans favor abortion access.

“To overturn a decision that has stood for so long on the basis of a legal system that has become political is devastating,” said Nancy Johnson, who came from Washington state to protest.

“It looks like there’s a select group of citizens making laws. I’m afraid if that could happen, what would be the next step. We should all be concerned about it, not just women.”

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Reporting by Katanga Johnson and Rose Horowitch; Written by Ross Colvin; Editing by Howard Goller

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Katanga Johnson

Thomson Reuters

Washington-based journalist covering U.S. regulation at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, previously e3xperience in Ecuador, alumnus of Morehouse College and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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