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March for Life, the nation’s largest anti-abortion protest, could be Rowe’s last

WASHINGTON. Anti-abortion protesters began gathering Friday in the nation’s capital in high spirits and with a sense that the country has reached a turning point that could lead to a dramatic reversal of abortion rights in many states.

The March for Life, an annual anti-abortion protest for decades, is taking place this year as the Supreme Court has indicated it will allow states to impose tighter restrictions on abortion with a decision in the coming months – and possibly overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case. of the year. A ruling affirming the constitutional right to abortion.

“It doesn’t feel real. There is so much hope, energy, happiness and joy in this,” said Jordan Moorman of Cincinnati. “I really believe we’re living in a generation after Rowe.”

The rally, held on the anniversary of Roe’s decision, comes amid a surge in COVID-19 that is expected to limit turnout at the National Mall. Some anti-abortion activists posted on the event’s Facebook page that they would not be attending due to mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for people visiting restaurants and other places in D.C.

The pandemic hasn’t dampened the optimism of the resurgent anti-abortion movement, which sees a new Texas law banning most abortions as a sign of things to come, and who say they’re not done fighting for restrictions even if a conservative majority of the Supreme Court rules in their favor at the end of it. of the year.

According to abortion rights groups, at least 26 states are ready to further restrict access to abortion if Row is weakened or abolished. In December, the court indicated in a major case that it would uphold Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy and allow states to ban abortion even earlier. The Mississippi case directly challenges Roe.

For months, the courts have dealt a series of defeats to Texas abortion providers in attempts to block a law that, since September, would ban abortions after a heart activity is detected, which usually occurs about six weeks and before some women know they are pregnant. Another loss for Texas clinics came Thursday when the Supreme Court refused to speed up an ongoing challenge to the law, which providers say is now likely to remain in place for the foreseeable future.

“This law is cruel and unconstitutional, and I am deeply disappointed that our judicial system has done very little to stop it,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, president of Whole Woman’s Health, which operates four abortion clinics in Texas.

The Supreme Court was reshaped by three candidates from former President Donald Trump, who in 2020 became the first sitting president to speak at the March for Life. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris had no march-related events on Friday’s schedule.

Lawmakers from both parties weighed in on Friday to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and reflect on changing the abortion-related political landscape.

“This year has opened our eyes to the cause of life in America, and we have made significant progress in protecting our youngest and most vulnerable,” said Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Republican leader.

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