Organizers from the Black-led abolitionist group Harriet’s Wildest Dreams drowned out the sound of counter protestors, chanting “Hey hey, ho ho, these racist bitches have got to go.”
Celeste Hidalgo, 40, attended the march in Washington D.C with her daughter Raven Hidalgo, 19. It was Raven’s first march.
“It’s unfair men are taking away our rights over our own bodies,” said 18-year-old Raven.
In her address at Tallahassee, Florida, vice-president Kamala Harris reaffirmed the fight for reproductive rights across the country.
“Since our founding, we have been on a march forward to fully realize our promise. To complete the unfinished work. To secure freedom and liberty for all. This fight will not be inevitable. This will not just happen. It takes steadfast determination and dedication,” she said.
“So today, we are fighting back. I am pleased to announce that President Biden has issued a presidential memorandum. Members of our cabinet and our administration are now directed to identify barriers to access and recommend actions to make sure that doctors can legally prescribe, doctors can dispense and women can secure safe and effective medication,” she added.
Around 12.30pm, protestors headed to the White House, amidst chants of “Our bodies, our choice,” and “When abortion rights are under attack what do we do? Stand up fight back!”
Around 12.45pm, protestors assembled outside the White House to a backing track of Bob Marley and chants of “I believe that we will win.”
A small counter protest of less than a dozen people stood outside Freedom Plaza steps in DC at noon today, chanting racist and sexist chants about slavery as thousands descended upon DC to march on the 50th anniversary of Roe being signed into law, half a year after the constitutional right was dismantled.
Jessica Nowell, 19, from the anti-abortion group Students For Life says she was upset by the counter protest which she did not believe reflected the movement.
“I don’t believe with the pro-choicers but this behavior is disgusting and it’s not the gospel. God loves us all,” she said.
Hello Guardian live blog readers, we are currently covering several developing news events and this blog is going to keep you appraised on the women’s march now underway in Washington, DC, and some other places in the US.
And US vice-president Kamala Harris is speaking in Tallahassee, Florida, in a major speech to mark what would have been the 50th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision by the US supreme court in 1973 that afforded the federal right to an abortion in America.
Roe v Wade was struck down last June by a now conservative-dominated supreme court.
Here’s what’s happening:
At more than 200 Women’s March events in 46 states, demonstrators are lamenting the supremecourt’s decision that now leaves it to individual states to decide on whether to make abortion legal for themselves. Abortion has since been banned or severely restricted in 14 states since the ruling on 24 June.
Protests included hundreds gathered at the Freedom Plaza steps in Washington, DC, ahead of the march.
In Madison, Wisconsin, where a key event is taking place, thousands of protestors are flooding the streets surrounding the state Capitol, with signs that read “bans off our bodies,” and “our blood is on your hands.”
Kamala Harris is talking now in Florida on the ongoing battle for reproductive rights.