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Move to overturn abortion rights stirs protests in US

An anti abortion protester speaks into a bullhorn outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the leak of a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito preparing for a majority of the court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision later this year, in Washington, U.S., May 2, 2022. Photo: Reuters

Anti-abortion activists and pro-abortion rights supporters have taken to the streets of Washington on Tuesday after news that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that legalised abortion.

According to Reuters, a leaked initial draft majority opinion suggests the court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, Politico reported on Monday.

Though, Reuters was not immediately able to confirm the authenticity of the draft opinion. While the Supreme Court and the White House declined to comment.

Within hours of the news, anti-abortion activists chanting “hey, hey, ho, ho, Roe v. Wade has got to go” and abortion rights supporters shouting “abortion is healthcare” were facing off outside the court.

Abortion is one of the most divisive issues in U.S. politics and has been for nearly a half century.

Writing by Muzha Kucha