Tens of thousands of people are holding rallies in all 50 US states in support of abortion rights.
They are in violation of a new Texas law that severely restricts access to abortions in the state.
Pro-election supporters across the country fear constitutional rights could be revoked.
In the coming months, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could be overturned (Roe v Wade) – the 1973 decision that legalized abortion across the country.
In Washington DC demonstrators are marching towards the Supreme Court building. The start of the rally was interrupted by about two dozen counter-demonstrators.
“The blood of innocent babies is in your hands!” shouted a man, but he was drowned out by the singing and applause of the crowd, the Washington Post reported.
A woman who took part in the marches said she was there to support the woman’s right to vote.
“While I have never faced that choice fortunately, there are many women who have both our government and men have no say in the outcome when it comes to our bodies,” Robin Horn told Reuters news agency.
The rallies were organized by those behind the annual Women’s March – the first of which drew millions to protest a day after former President Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017.
“This is a kind of breaking moment for people across the country,” said Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March.
“Many of us grew up with the idea that abortion would be legal and accessible to all of us,” she added. “To see that in very real danger was a moment of awakening.”
One of the rallies is in Austin, Texas, where the state legislature on Sept. 1 passed a law banning interruptions following the revelation of what anti-abortion campaigns call fetal heartbeat – a point many women do not know they are pregnant.
The so-called Heartbeat Act also gives any individual the right to sue doctors who perform an abortion after the six-week point. Supporters say his goal is to protect the unborn.
Politicians in some other Republican-dominated states are considering similar restrictions.
Rights groups asked the Supreme Court to block Texas law, but the judges ruled 5-4 against passing the law.
On Dec. 1, the court will hear a challenge to Mississippi’s 15-week ban on abortion.
The verdict could reverse the historic court ruling (Roe v Wade) of 1973, which protects a woman’s right to an abortion up to permanence – the point at which a fetus is able to live outside the womb, generally at the beginning of the trimester third, 28 weeks in a pregnancy.//BBC
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