Abortion rights: Protests spread across US after Supreme Court ruling

The fallout was swift: At least 10 states have effectively banned abortion since Friday’s ruling. And according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights, 26 states have laws that say they can ban abortions or set extreme limits.

Demonstrations for and against the ruling have been largely peaceful, but some arrests have been reported.

In Los Angeles, police intervened on Saturday as protesters attempted to march onto 101 freeway. Officers pushed protesters and beat at least one person with batons, video of the scene shows.

“Full House” actress Jodi Sweetin was pushed to the ground by a cop, video of the incident also shows. According to photojournalist and witness Michael Ade, Sweetin stood up and continued to protest, chanting “No justice, no peace”. The Los Angeles Police Department is aware of the video and the “violence used will be assessed in accordance with LAPD policies and procedures,” the agency said in a statement.

At least 20 people have been arrested in New York with pending charges, according to police.

At least six people were arrested during a rally in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, officials said. The rally included people who protested and supported the Supreme Court ruling.

Two people were arrested in Washington, DC on Saturday after being charged by the US Supreme Court with “throwing paint over the fence,” the US Capitol Police tweeted.

Virginia police investigate vandalism of a maternity center after Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade

In Phoenix, about 1,200 people attended an abortion rights demonstration on Saturday, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said. Four people were arrested late in the day after a fence around the House and Senate Plaza broke down, the agency said.

In Lynchburg, Virginia, police investigate vandalism at a maternity center. The words, “If abortion isn’t safe, it isn’t safe” were spray painted at the entrance to the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center, police photos show. Footage from security cameras shows that “four masked persons commit the acts”, the police said in a press release.

The facility did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment. On Friday, the center shared its support for the Supreme Court decision on Facebook, writing, “Rejoicing with an overwhelmed heart of gratitude for the life-affirming decisions made today.”

States ban abortion while others fight to protect access

The Supreme Court ruling allowed states to immediately begin setting their own abortion policies, giving people across the country different levels of access.

Nine states now have outright bans on abortion, with varying exceptions or none at all. These are: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin. In Ohio, a six-week ban went into effect after Friday’s Supreme Court ruling. Last year, a six-week ban went into effect in Texas.
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States with abortion bans expected to take effect in the coming days and weeks include Wyoming, Mississippi, Tennessee and Idaho.

In Arizona, abortion providers began canceling appointments immediately after Friday’s ruling. The State Senate Republican Caucus has issued a memo demanding that the state immediately enforce a pre-Roe law that bans most abortions unless the procedure is necessary to save a mother’s life.

Meanwhile, some Democratic governors are trying to protect access to abortion.

In Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers said he would fight “with every power we have” after his Republican-controlled state legislature refused to repeal the 1849 state law banning abortion, which will go back into effect after the Supreme Court ruling.

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In California, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law Friday protecting non-California residents seeking reproductive health care in the state. It also protects anyone who performs, assists, or gets an abortion in the state from any possible civil action that takes place outside of the state.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order on Saturday offering similar protections. “Our government is committed to protecting the right of individuals to make their own health care decisions,” Walz said in a statement.

In Washington, Governor Jay Inslee pledged to create a “sanctuary” of reproductive choice for people across the country via an upcoming executive order. The order will instruct state police to fail to comply with the extradition efforts of other states that punish those who travel to Washington to have an abortion. Inslee has not specified when the executive order will be issued or when it will take effect.

The legal battle after Roe has begun

Shortly after Utah outlawed most abortions, Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit alleging the newly passed law violates civil liberties guaranteed in the state’s constitution — including the right to determine family composition and equal protection.

In the lawsuit, Planned Parenthood said the law will have a disparate impact on women as opposed to men and violates the right to physical integrity, involuntary servitude and the right to privacy.

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The suit names the governor and attorney general among the suspects.

Performing an abortion in Utah is now a second-degree felony in nearly all cases, the lawsuit said. Utah law allows abortion if there is a risk to the mother’s health, if there are uniformly diagnosable fetal health problems, or if the mother’s pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.

The lawsuit names Utah’s governor and attorney general among the defendants.

“When the law went into effect, Plaintiff Planned Parenthood Association of Utah (PPAU) and its staff were forced to immediately stop performing abortions in Utah beyond the few allowed by law,” the lawsuit reads. “If an exemption is granted in this case, PPAU health centers would continue to provide abortions that would not qualify for any of the law’s exemptions.”

Governor Spencer Cox’s office on Saturday did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on the lawsuit. Attorney General Sean Reyes’s office told CNN it had no comment on the lawsuit.

Aya Elamroussi, Jalen Beckford, Keith Allen, Gregory Krieg, Sonnet Swire, Hannah Sarisohn, Sharif Paget, Claudia Dominguez, Sara Smart, Kate Conerly and Andy Rose of CNN contributed to this report.

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