NS first women’s march The Biden administration goes straight for the Supreme Court’s moves on Saturday, part of nationwide protests that have driven thousands to Washington and other cities demanding continued access to abortion in a year when conservative lawmakers and judges jeopardized it.

- Advertisement -

Thousands of women filled a square near the White House for a rally ahead of the march. They waved signs like “Mind your uterus,” “I love someone who had an abortion” and “Abortion is a personal choice, not a legal debate,” among other messages. Some wore only T-shirts that read “1973,” a reference to the historic Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal for generations of American women.

advertisement

related: Women’s March 2021: Everything you need to know

- Advertisement -

Organizers say the Washington march will be one of hundreds of protests across the country on Saturday, with many protesters demanding continued access to abortion. The demonstrations come days before the start of a new term for the Supreme Court, which will decide the future of abortion rights in the United States, after President Donald Trump tightened conservative control of the High Court.

Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March, said in a statement that the march is part of “the fight to protect, secure and strengthen our constitutional right to abortion.” “And it’s a fight against Supreme Court judges, state lawmakers and senators who aren’t on our side – or aren’t acting up to the demands of the moment.”

related: Texas abortion law hearing: Here’s what you need to know about the DOJ’s argument against SB8

March a day after the Biden administration urged a federal judge to block the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, Which has banned most abortions in Texas from the beginning of September. It is one of a series of cases that would give the country’s divided High Court an opportunity to maintain or eliminate Roe v. Wade.

According to the Washington Post, organizers decided to hold a march in October this year to protest Texas’s historic anti-abortion law, and also a direct challenge to Mississippi’s upcoming Roe v Weed in December.

According to the organisers, over 600 rallies are planned in all 50 states, which will be attended by over 70,000 people.

The Women’s March has become a regular event – though interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic – as millions of women turned out in the United States and around the world a day after Trump’s January 2017 inauguration. Trump supported punishing women for having abortions and made the appointment of conservative judges a mission of his presidency.

Without Trump as a central figure to rally against women of various political beliefs, and with the pandemic still going strong, organizers estimated hundreds of thousands of participants nationally, not the millions as of 2017. .

This story was reported from Los Angeles.