Protests are expected to continue following the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade as state lawmakers work to restrict or expand abortion access
Protests against the decision were largely peaceful, but a few arrests were reported.
Protests in New York continued on Sunday as Pride Parade organizers showed their solidarity with the abortion rights movement by announcing that a contingent from Planned Parenthood would be the first group on the road.
Many marchers waved pride flags or held bright pink signs that read « I support Planned Parenthood » and chanted « We won’t back down. »
Days earlier, at least 20 people were « arrested with charges pending » during the first round of protests in New York, police said without providing further details.
In Los Angeles on Saturday, police responded when a group of protesters attempted to march down the US 101 freeway. Video from the scene shows officers pushing protesters and beating at least one person with their batons.
Video of the incident also shows « Full House » actress Jodi Sweetin being pushed to the ground by an officer. Sweetin stood up and continued to protest, leading a chant of « no justice, no peace », according to Michael Ade, a photojournalist who witnessed the incident. The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement that it is aware of the video and that « the force used will be assessed against LAPD policy and procedure. »
At least six people were arrested Saturday at a rally in Greenville, South Carolina, officials said. The rally included participants protesting and supporting the decision.
Two people were arrested in Washington, DC, on Saturday after being charged with « throwing paint over the fence by the Supreme Court of the United States, » tweeted US Capitol Police.
About 1,200 people attended an abortion rights rally in Phoenix on Saturday, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said in a news release. While the event was mostly peaceful, four people were arrested Saturday night after a fence around the House and Senate Square was torn down, the statement said. The arrests came after Phoenix law enforcement used tear gas to disperse protesters in the area Friday night.
CNN reached out to the establishment for comment, but did not immediately respond. The center shared its support for the Supreme Court’s decision on Facebook on Friday, writing, « Rejoicing with an overflowing heart of gratitude for the life-affirming decisions that were made today. »
States act to restrict abortion rights while others seek to protect access
Friday’s Supreme Court ruling allowed states to immediately begin setting their own abortion policy, leaving people across the country with varying levels of access.
Nine states now outright ban abortion, with various exceptions or not at all. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wisconsin.
States where abortion is expected to go into effect in the coming days and weeks include Wyoming, Mississippi, Tennessee and Idaho.
In Arizona, where abortion providers began canceling appointments immediately after Friday’s ruling, the state Senate Republican Caucus released a memo calling on the state to immediately enforce the pre- Roe, which prohibits most abortions unless the procedure is necessary to save a mother’s life.
In Wisconsin, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said he would fight « with every power we have » after his Republican-controlled state legislature refused to repeal the 1849 law banning abortion , which takes effect again following the decision of the Supreme Court.
Some blue state governors are also taking steps to protect people who cross state lines to get abortions.
In California, Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law protecting against potential civil action from outside the state for anyone performing, assisting or receiving an abortion in the state. It also protects non-California residents who seek reproductive health care in the state.
Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota issued an executive order Saturday providing similar protections, saying in a statement, « Our administration is doing everything in its power to protect the right of individuals to make their own health care decisions. « .
In Washington state, Governor Jay Inslee has promised to create a « sanctuary state » for reproductive choice for people across the country via an upcoming executive order that will order state police not to comply. to the extradition efforts of other states seeking to penalize those who travel to Washington to have abortions. He did not specify when the decree will be published and/or when it will take effect.
Activists launch new legal battle to secure abortion rights
Utah state leaders are already facing legal action after the state moved quickly to ban most abortions following Friday’s ruling.
Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit claiming the newly enacted law violates several civil liberties guaranteed in the state constitution, such as the right to determine family composition and equal protection, among others.
Performing an abortion in Utah under its ban is now a second-degree felony in almost all cases, according to the lawsuit, which names the governor and attorney general among the defendants.
The law allows abortion if there is a danger to the mother’s health, uniformly diagnosable health conditions detected in the fetus, or when the mother’s pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.
In the lawsuit, Planned Parenthood said the measure would have a disparate impact on women compared to men and would violate the right to bodily integrity, involuntary servitude, as well as the right to privacy.
“When the law went into effect, the Plaintiff Planned Parenthood Association of Utah (PPAU) and its staff were forced to immediately stop performing abortions in Utah beyond those permitted by law. a remedy is granted in this case, the health centers of the PPAU resume providing abortions which would not be eligible for any of the exceptions of the law, ”the lawsuit reads.
CNN reached out to Governor Spencer Cox’s office for comment on the lawsuit, but did not receive a response Saturday. Attorney General Sean D. Reyes’ office told CNN it had no comment on the lawsuit.
CNN’s Aya Elamroussi, Jalen Beckford, Keith Allen, Gregory Krieg, Sonnet Swire, Hannah Sarisohn, Sharif Paget, Claudia Dominguez, Sara Smart, Kate Conerly and Andy Rose contributed to this report.