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

World Jun 25, 2022 12:40AM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. Pro-choice and anti-abortion both demonstrate outside the United States Supreme Court as the court hears arguments over a challenge to a Texas law that bans abortion after six weeks in Washington, U.S., November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein 2/2

By Katanga Johnson and Rose Horowitch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Some cried tears of joy, others looked downcast and chanted defiantly that the battle was not yet lost as hundreds of protesters outside the U.S. Supreme Court celebrated or condemned its ruling to overturn the right to an abortion.

Despite some fears that the emotionally wrought issue could trigger violence, the protests by abortion rights opponents and supporters, many of them university students, took place peacefully, with the two groups standing on either side of the court building on First Street in Washington, D.C.

Many gathered on Friday before the court took the dramatic step of overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that recognized a woman's constitutional right to an abortion and legalized it nationwide.

"I am overwhelmed with gratitude that the Supreme Court took it upon themselves to take the brave action to save these babies,” said Macy Petty, 22, from South Carolina.

Petty sank to her knees crying on hearing the news of the court's decision, while fellow activists around her cheered and sang a song about Jesus loving all people.

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

The packed street in front of the fenced-off Supreme Court was divided down the middle.

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

"I am here to stand against the shame in our country that has allowed for the killing of innocent preborn lives," said Marco Sanchez, 23, from Portland, Oregon, who has been involved in Students for Life anti-abortion group since his junior year of high school.

About a dozen female Democratic lawmakers walked outside the U.S. Capitol to address the demonstrators for abortion rights, including progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who chanted "into the streets."

Standing among abortion rights activists, Sam Goldman, 35, decried the court's decision as "illegitimate."

"Forced motherhood is illegitimate. This must not stand. Legal nationwide abortion on command is what’s needed and people need to flood the streets and not stop until that demand is won,” Goldman said.

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

"To overturn a ruling that's stood for this long based on a court system that has become political is devastating," said Nancy Johnson, who flew in from the state of Washington to protest.

"It feels like there are a narrow group of citizens who are making laws. I worry that if this could happen, what's next. We should all worry about that; not just women."

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

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Gus McCrae
Gus McCrae Jun 25, 2022 4:08AM ET
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let them cry and suffer. I enjoy their suffering. they deserve it.
Deborah Holloway
Deborah Holloway Jun 25, 2022 12:42AM ET
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Amazon sells ******** pills or you can go to online health providers.
Jeff Chevalier
Jeff Chevalier Jun 24, 2022 4:43PM ET
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So, make ****illegal? I assume all the people against ****will immediately sign up to be adoptive parents? You may make ****illegal, but that doesn't mean they have to keep it! Big business in foster homes coming.
Matthew Petyk
Matthew Petyk Jun 24, 2022 4:43PM ET
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so your argument is that it's better to ********the child???
Jeff Chevalier
Jeff Chevalier Jun 24, 2022 4:19PM ET
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So, make ****illegal? I assume all the people against ****will immediately sign up to be adoptive parents? You may make ****illegal, but that doesn't mean they have to keep it! Big business in foster homes coming.
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wasloslolkiyekA wasloslolkiyekA Jun 24, 2022 3:19PM ET
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There is no constitutional right to abor...; there never was. That is the decision. Back to the states!
Forex Harbingers
ForexHarbingers Jun 24, 2022 12:47PM ET
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Forced motherhood?!! I remember a time when "If youre old enough to do the feed, youre old enough to take care of what comes from it. Total lack of accountability by the liberal women showing full force again. And thats besides the fact this decision does NOT outlaw ******** it puts the decision in each states legislators and voters. IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS, read the document!
carol ruszin
carol ruszin Jun 24, 2022 12:47PM ET
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The Supreme Court or states should not have the right to take ***away from woman. It is her choice no one else's.
Matthew Petyk
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you have a choice Carol to not spread your legs. And save us the *****and ****argument. that's a SMALL part of the abortions. 99% are because it's convenient to ****the kid instead of dealing with the decision you made to fool around. tough. time to grow up and take responsibility for your actions.
 
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