More and more women in the United States fear that Texas may return abortion rights granted in the 1970s.
Rallies have been held across the United States as part of nationwide protests demanding continued access to abortion after putting conservative lawmakers and judges at risk.
Ahead of Saturday’s procession, thousands of women filled a square for a rally near the White House, saying, “Remember your own womb” and “Abortion is a personal choice, not a legal debate.”
One protester told Al Jazeera: “I have two daughters here and I want them to have control over their lives when they grow up.
Ellen Baijal, a 19-year-old student at American University, told the Associated Press that her mother took part in a procession for legal abortion in the 1970s. “It simply came to our notice then that we had to fight for our rights 40 years later. But it is a tradition that I want to continue, ”he said.
The protests come a month after the Supreme Court refused to block a Texas law when it prohibited abortion if a heartbeat was caught within about six weeks, before some women became pregnant.
Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhao-Castro reports from Austin, Texas, that protesters see the ban as unconstitutional and fear it could be extended to more states in the country.
The U.S. Supreme Court in Mississippi is set to hear a case in December that could overturn the 1973 Rowe Wade, which gave American women the right to abortion.
Rowe Wade should be overturned, 26 out of 50 states primed to ban abortion.
The appointment of judges under former President Donald Trump has strengthened the conservative control of the high court.
Markers shouted “Shame, shame, shame!” Time to walk past the Trump International Hotel on the way to the Supreme Court in Washington DC.
Incumbent President Joe Biden on Friday asked a federal judge to ban abortion in Texas, which took effect in early September.
Abortion providers can be sued for providing services to women after the first six weeks. Some suppliers have described Texas clinics that are now at risk of closing while neighboring states are struggling to cope with patients who have to drive hundreds of miles. Other women, they say, are being forced to carry the pregnancy term.
Other states, mostly in the south, have passed similar laws prohibiting abortion within the first week of pregnancy, all of which have been blocked in court.