Outrage and protests across the U.S. following the repeal of abortion rights

Protesters held a rally in front of the courthouse on June 24, 2022 in downtown San Diego, California.

Thousands of women and pro-choice citizens from across the United States took to the streets to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Eleven of the 50 states in the U.S. banned abortion Friday upon learning of the overturn – a protection of abortion rights that has been in place since 1973 – while other states may do so in the coming days.

The states that have already banned abortion are: Texas, North Dakota , Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Idaho and Wisconsin.

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Planned Parenthood, which has the largest network of reproductive health clinics in the United States, and the Guttmacher Institute have warned that a total of 23 states will quickly ban abortion.

In the case of Texas, the ban on termination of pregnancy will not go into effect for another 30 days, according to Guttmacher Institute data.

In total, at least 36 million women of reproductive age could lose access to abortion.
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Planned Parenthood called the decision “devastating” especially for the most vulnerable people in society such as “black, Latino and indigenous communities, people with disabilities, those living in rural areas, young people, immigrants and those who have financial difficulties.

However, despite the disappointment, pro-choice organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, say they knew this moment would come.

“Planned Parenthood offices are open. We’re not going to back down and we’re going to be there for our advocates and patients. If you can’t get an abortion in your state, we’re going to help you figure out how you can get it somewhere else,” says agency worker Kate Smith.

One of the states where the ban has begun is Missouri.

The southern state has done so through a trigger law, also known as a “trigger law,” a quick state action that bans abortion from conception on all grounds.

In addition to Missouri, other states automatically prohibit abortion in most cases thanks to these trigger laws. But this is not the case in Kansas, one of the only Southern states where it remains legal, despite some restrictions.

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“We are fortunate that access is currently protected here in the state of Kansas, but we know that even more patients will be coming in from out of state, more than we’ve already seen, and that access for people in our surrounding states and for people here in the state of Kansas who can no longer get appointments will be very difficult,” explained Rebecca Taub, a physician at the Trust Women’s Clinic.

“This is a health crisis because, understand, millions of women in America will go to bed tonight without access to the health and reproductive care they had this morning.”

Republicans in Congress celebrated the decision. Democrats, for their part, want to make abortion a federal law, but with the current correlation of forces in the Senate, it is an impossible mission despite the fact that, according to the Pew Review 2022 survey, 61% of Americans believe it should be legal.

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