According to police estimates, about 1,000 people demonstrated in front of the US White House on Saturday demanding the defense of the right to abortion. This is a reaction to the ruling of the US Supreme Court in June, which abolished the federal right to abortion in the early stages of pregnancy, which had been in force for almost 50 years. The demonstrators wanted to draw President Joe Biden’s attention to take more decisive steps in this matter.
Demonstrators, mostly women, marched through the streets of Washington on Saturday shouting “My body, my choice!” The march ended with a demonstration outside the White House.
During the demonstration, the right to terminate pregnancy was demanded “upon request and without excuse”. According to police estimates, about 1,000 people gathered near the White House.
An appeal to President Biden
One of the demonstrators, 37-year-old Becca, told reporters that the president “should wake up”. It judged that he signed on Friday a regulation to increase American access to abortion pills and to protect women who seek information on abortion is “not enough”.
The regulation was a reaction to the ruling of the Supreme Court announced in June USA, which abolished the federal abortion law in the early stages of pregnancy, which had been in force for nearly 50 years, giving the state and Congress the power to regulate the matter. Biden described this ruling as “terrible and radical”.
“I’m here to ensure my daughters aren’t forced to go back 50 years to the time of clandestine abortions,” said another demonstrator, 50-year-old Christine.
The president was not in the White House during the demonstration, as he spends the weekend at his estate in Delaware.
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