Following a Supreme Court decision on Friday that eliminated American women’s constitutional right to abortion, clinics have started closing in some US states. After the court overturned its 50-year-old Roe v. Wade ruling, around half of states are anticipated to enact new limitations or prohibitions.
13 of these have immediately outlawed abortion. The decision was called “a catastrophic miscalculation” by President Joe Biden. Cities all throughout the US are seeing protests. As soon as the court’s decision was posted online, the doors to the patient section of an abortion clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas, a state with a so-called trigger law allowing an instant ban, shut and sobs could be heard. Women’s appointments were cancelled, and staff members called them to inform them.
According to statistics from Planned Parenthood, a healthcare organisation that performs abortions, the Supreme Court decision is anticipated to result in roughly 36 million women of reproductive age losing access to abortion in their states. Anti-abortion activists celebrated the judgement outside the courthouse in Washington, but demonstrations were planned for more than 50 cities throughout the US.
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