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Women's March protesters rally outside US Supreme Court amid fears for abortion rights - ABC News

The first Women's March of the Biden administration has headed straight for the steps of the US Supreme Court as part of nationwide protests demanding continued access to abortion.

Thousands of demonstrators filled the streets surrounding the court in Washington DC, shouting "my body, my choice" and cheering loudly to the beat of drums.

Before heading out on the march, they rallied in a square near the White House, waving signs that said "mind your own uterus", "I love someone who had an abortion" and "abortion is a personal choice, not a legal debate", among other messages.

Some wore T-shirts reading simply "1973": a reference to the landmark Roe v Wade decision, which made abortion legal for generations of American women.

Elaine Baijal, a 19-year-old student at American University, said her mother told her of coming to a march for legal abortion with her own mother in the 1970s.

Organisers said the Washington march was among hundreds of abortion-themed protests held around the country.

an above view of pro abortion protesters crowding the streets of chicago, holding up signs
Rallies were held in major cities across the country, such as Chicago, to demand continued access to abortion. (

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Trump hotel a target of anger 

The demonstrations took place two days before the start of a new term for the Supreme Court that will decide the future of abortion rights in the United States.

Appointments of justices by former president Donald Trump strengthened conservative control of the court.

"Shame, shame, shame" marchers chanted while walking past the Trump International Hotel on their way to the Supreme Court.

Some booed and waved their fists at the hotel.

women holding up pro choice signs including a mother with her daughter on her shoulders rally in houston, texas
Protesters in Texas directed anger at Governor Greg Abbott.(

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The day before the march, US President Joe Biden's administration urged a federal judge to block the nation's most restrictive abortion law, which has banned most abortions in Texas since early September.

It is one of a series of cases that will give the nation's divided high court occasion to uphold or overrule Roe vs Wade.

The Texas law motivated many of the demonstrators and speakers.

"We're going to keep giving it to Texas," Marsha Jones, of the Afiya Center for Black women's health care in Dallas, pledged to the Washington crowd.

Alexis McGill Johnson, the president of Planned Parenthood nationally, told of women forced to drive many hours across state lines — sometimes multiple state lines — to end pregnancies in the weeks since the Texas law went into effect.

"The moment is dark … but that is why we are here," Ms Johnson told the crowd packed into Freedom Square and surrounding streets.

"No matter where you are, this fight is at your doorstep right now," she added.

Texas women travelling interstate for abortions

In Springfield, Illinois, several hundred people rallied on the Old State Capitol square. Among them were the Illinois Handmaids, wearing the red robes and white bonnets reminiscent of the subjugated women in Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale. They were carrying signs that said "mind your own uterus" and "mother by choice".

women dressed in red and white outfits of characters from the Handsmaid's Tale series stand in a line with placards
The Illinois Handmaids protested against abortion restrictions at a rally in downtown Springfield.(

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Brigid Leahy, senior director of public policy for Planned Parenthood of Illinois, said just two days after the Texas restrictions took effect, Planned Parenthood saw the first women from Texas traveling to Illinois for the procedure, with more following since.

"They are trying to figure out paying for an airfare or gas or a train ticket. They may need a hotel and meals," Ms Leahy said.

"They have to figure out time off of work, and they have to figure out child care. This can be a real struggle."

With a sign reading "not this again" attached to a clothes hanger, Gretchen Snow of Bloomington, Illinois, said: "Women need to be safe and they need to not have to worry about how much money they have to be safe."

On the West Coast, thousands marched through downtown Los Angeles to a rally in front of City Hall.

Protesters chanted: "Abortion on demand and without apology. Only revolution can make women free."

Kayla Selsi said she was carrying the same sign she has held in three past Women's Marches. It stated: "If only my vagina could shoot bullets, it will be less regulated."

"Unfortunately, I can't retire this sign," Ms Selsi said.

"I feel safer in California as a woman, but Texas is obviously going in one direction and it scares me that other states could go the same way," she said.

Politicians weigh in on abortion battle at rallies

In New York, Governor Kathy Hochul spoke at rallies in Seneca Falls and then Albany. "I'm sick and tired of having to fight over abortion rights," she said.

"It's settled law in the nation and you are not taking that right away from us, not now, not ever."

a crowd of woman wearing pro choice clothes and holding pro choice signs and raise their fists and shout
Demonstrators rally to to demand continued access to abortion during the March for Reproductive Justice in New York.(

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Addressing demonstrators at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix, Democratic state representative Melody Hernandez said abortion foes emboldened by the recent developments in Texas and at the Supreme Court would not prevail.

"An overwhelming majority of Arizonans, of Americans, support everything we are standing here for today," Ms Hernandez said.

At an unrelated event in Maine, Republican senator Susan Collins called the Texas law "extreme, inhumane and unconstitutional" and said she was working to make Roe vs Wade the "law of the land".

She said she was working with two Democrats and another Republican, and they were "vetting" the language of their bill. Senator Collins declined to identify her colleagues but said the legislation would be introduced soon.

An opponent of women's access to abortion called this year's march theme "macabre".

"What about equal rights for unborn women?" Jeanne Mancini, president of an anti-abortion group called March for Life, wrote on Twitter.

Women's March becoming a regular occurrence

The Women's March has become a regular event — although interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic — since millions of women turned out in the United States and around the world the day after the January 2017 inauguration of Mr Trump.

Mr Trump endorsed punishing women for getting abortions and made appointing conservative judges a mission of his presidency.

a crowd of women march toward the US Capitol building in Washington DC
The Women's March continued this year after the COVID-19 pandemic prevented rallies being held in 2020. (

AP: Jose Luis Magana

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In Washington, Ramsay Teviotdale of Arlington, Virginia — who when asked her age said she was "old enough to remember when abortion wasn't legal" — was one of the few wearing the hand-knitted pink wool caps that distinguished the 2017 Women's March.

Without Mr Trump as a central figure for women of varied political beliefs to rally against, and with the pandemic still going strong, organisers talked of hundreds of thousands of participants nationally on Saturday, not the millions of 2017.

Ms Teviotdale said this did not lessen the urgency of the moment.

Security in the US Capitol was much lighter than for a political rally a few weeks ago in support of Trump supporters jailed in the January 6 insurrection.

No fence was placed around the site, with the Capitol Police chief saying there was nothing to suggest Saturday's rally would be violent.

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