Abortion clinics start to close in US after Supreme Court ruling

Abortion clinics start to close in US after Supreme Court ruling

By Rashika Kumar
Saturday 25/06/2022
Photo:BBC

Clinics have begun closing in some US states after a Supreme Court ruling has removed American women's constitutional right to abortion.

About half of states are expected to introduce new restrictions or bans after the court overturned its 50-year-old Roe v Wade decision while 13 states have outlawed abortion instantly.

President Joe Biden described the ruling as "a tragic error".

Protests are under way in cities across the US.

In Phoenix, Arizona, police fired tear gas after pro-choice protesters banged on the doors and windows of the state capitol.

In Los Angeles, protesters briefly blocked traffic on a highway.

At an abortion clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas - a state with a so-called trigger law allowing an instant ban - the doors to the patient area shut as soon as the court's opinion was posted online and sobbing could be heard.

Staff made calls to tell women that their appointments were cancelled.

Source: BBC


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