SCOTUS abortion decision: Protesters gather in Philadelphia after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Protesters rallied outside City Hall in Philadelphia after the Supreme Court on Friday overturned constitutional protections for women from abortion, a sea-change and deeply personal change in the lives of Americans after nearly half a century under Roe v. Calf.

The ruling, unthinkable just a few years ago, was the culmination of decades of anti-abortion efforts, made possible by an emboldened right-wing court bolstered by three appointments by former President Donald Trump.

Both sides predicted that the abortion fight would continue in state capitals, in Washington and at the ballot box. Justice Clarence Thomas, part of Friday’s majority, urged his peers to overturn other Supreme Court rulings protecting same-sex marriage, gay sex and contraceptive use.

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Pregnant women who had already considered abortions faced a near-total ban in Oklahoma and a ban in Texas after about six weeks. Clinics in at least eight other states — Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin and West Virginia — stopped performing abortions after Friday’s decision.

Anti-abortion activists cheered the ruling, but pro-choice advocates, including President Joe Biden, expressed their dismay and pledged to fight to restore rights.
“It’s a sad day for the court and for the country,” Biden said at the White House. He urged voters to make it a crucial issue in November’s election, stating: “This decision must not be the last word.”

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