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USA: Thousands of people protested across the country against restricting abortion rights

USA: Thousands of people protested across the country against restricting abortion rights

In Washington, a crowd of several thousand, mostly women, gathered in Freedom Square near the White House and marched to the seat of the Supreme Court.

Several signs have made reference to the new Texas abortion law, which, unlike the precedent in force thus far, prohibits most abortions after about 6 weeks of pregnancy. “Texas – where the virus has more reproductive rights than women,” said one of the signs.

Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood, the largest pro-abortion organization in the United States, also referred to the matter during a speech in the field.

This is a dark moment for all of us, wherever we live. But we are here (…) to change our pain into strength – she said.

“If it wasn’t for Texas, I don’t know if I would have attended the rally,” said Elena, a participant in the march from Alexandria near Washington.

Pro-life groups, numbering several hundred, also appeared along the path of the march and in front of the Supreme Court.

“Abortion is murder, nothing justifies it,” said one protester.

The Texas abortion law, which, inter alia, provides for the multi-thousand-dollar prize for citizens suing abortion aides, was the first effective violation in nearly 40 years of the law by the Supreme Court, which prohibits restriction of the right In miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy.

However, the legal situation may soon change across the country. On December 1, the court will begin hearing a lawsuit against a Mississippi law banning most abortions from week 16 of pregnancy. A court decision in which conservative judges have the upper hand may set a new precedent.

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The demonstrations, organized under the slogan “Abortion Justice”, were the fifth edition of the Women’s March that has been held annually since 2016. According to the organizers, the demonstrations took place in more than 600 locations in all 50 US states.

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