PICTURES | Tears of Joy and Sorrow in U.S. Supreme Court After Landmark Abortion Ruling

  • There were mixed emotions outside the US Supreme Court after a landmark ruling declared abortion not a constitutional right.
  • The decision overturned the Roe v Wade decision, which upheld a woman’s right to have an abortion.
  • Judgment was delivered on Friday.

Some wept with joy, others looked dejected and defiantly chanted that the battle was not yet lost as hundreds of protesters outside the US Supreme Court celebrated or condemned its decision to overturn the right to abortion.

Despite some fears that the emotional issue could spark violence, protests by abortion rights opponents and supporters, many of them university students, were peaceful, with the two groups standing on either side of the court building on First Street in Washington, DC. .

Abortion rights activists react outside US Sup

Abortion rights activists react outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

Many rallied on Friday before the court made the dramatic decision to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to abortion and legalized it nationwide.

“I am overwhelmed with gratitude that the Supreme Court has taken it upon itself to take courageous action to save these babies,” said Macy Petty, 22, of South Carolina.

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Petty knelt in tears upon hearing the news of the court ruling, while other activists around her cheered and sang a song about Jesus loving everyone.

Anti-abortion activists celebrate outside the United States

Anti-abortion activists celebrate outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

Opinion polls show that a majority of Americans support abortion rights. But overthrowing Roe has been a goal of Christian opponents and conservatives for decades, with annual marches in Washington including in January this year.

The crowded street in front of the fenced Supreme Court was split in two.

On the one hand, there was a party atmosphere as abortion rights opponents played music, bubbled, danced and chanted “Goodbye Roe”. On the other side, abortion rights advocates chanted “no justice, no peace”.

WASHINGTON, DC - June 24: Anti-abortion activists

Anti-abortion activists react to US court ruling.

“I’m here to stand up against the shame of our country that allowed innocent unborn lives to be killed,” said Marco Sanchez, 23, of Portland, Oregon, who has been involved with the anti-abortion group Students for Life since its first year. high school year.

A dozen Democratic lawmakers marched outside the U.S. Capitol to address pro-abortion rights protesters, including progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who chanted “into the streets.”

Anti-abortion activists celebrate outside the United States

Anti-abortion activists celebrate outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

Among abortion rights activists, Sam Goldman, 35, called the court’s decision “illegitimate”.

“Forced motherhood is illegitimate. This must not stand. Nationwide legal abortion on demand is what is needed and people must flood the streets and not stop until this demand is met. not won,” he said.

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