Tens of thousands of women took to the streets across the US on Saturday to fight conservative movements that restrict access to abortion.
In Washington, about 10,000 people rallied in a square near the White House before marching to the US Supreme Court, which will decide on the highly contentious issue.
Demonstrators held placards reading “Take care of your own womb” and “Legalize abortion.” A number of women — and men — dressed up as the late Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the icon of the US women’s rights champion, who died last year.
The debate over the procedure in the US has intensified since a Texas law, which bans nearly all abortions, went into effect September 1. The development sparked fierce resistance in the courts and Congress, and now protests.
Two days before the Supreme Court was due to convene, demonstrations took place in more than 600 cities, according to organizers. They say hundreds of thousands of people gathered in all 50 states.
In MA, the participants in the action met with counter demonstrators. But riot police separated the two groups. [vm/ft]