Massive Supreme Court protests erupt after Roe v. Wade ruling

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Protesters against the Roe v. Wade overturn outside of the Supreme Court.Camila DeChalus
  • Hundreds of protesters gathered outside of the Supreme Court after it overturned Roe v. Wade ruling.

  • Some protesters say they fear whats to come next in light of the ruling.

  • Pro-life supporters told Insider they were pleased with the decision.

Several hundred people gathered outside the Supreme Court Friday to protest — for and against — its ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that had stood for nearly 50 years that legalized abortion across the US.

Waving green and black signs, abortion-rights advocates gathered in front of the historic white marble building wearing green bandanas while shouting "my body, my choice."

 

"Were not going to give up, were going to come back stronger than ever," Julianne, an abortion-rights activist from Texas who declined to provide her last name, told Insider.

As she began crying, she added: "With the massive disruptions across millions of people doing the same thing as us, we will shut this country down and show them that we are not going to stand for it."

Protesters who signaled their support for abortion rights were seen crying and hugging each other at the protests.

Among them was 21-year-old Aisha Irshad, who told Insider that she came to the protest because she worried about the future for women in the United States.

"I think it's all up in the air right now, we've come a long way from 1920 and the suffrage movement, but now with what is happening, I feel like I'm starting to question everything going on around me," said Aisha Irshad, 21, a resident of New York, that was at the protest.

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Protestors supporting the Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade in front of the Supreme Court.Camila DeChalus

Across from the abortion-rights protesters stood a massive group of abortion opponents wearing red shirts with white letters that read: "The pro-life generation votes."

Some abortion opponents said they were excited and ecstatic when the Supreme Court released its opinion. Ellisha Olson,19, who waved a sign that red, "the future is anti-abortion,"said that overturning Roe v. Wade was a "victory for women."

"It's our job as a pro-life generation to make sure we create a culture of life and a culture where women feel supported and empowered to choose life," she said.

The Supreme Court's decision went 6-3 to uphold a Mississippi abortion ban being challenged in the case. And the justices voted 5-4 to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that has been on the books since 1973. It was widely speculated that the justices were going to reach Friday's opinion after Politico published an initial leaked draft  of it.

Following the Supreme Court's ruling, Justice Clarence Thomas also said the court should "reconsider" its past opinions that protect the rights on contraception access, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage.

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