Protesters against the US abortion ruling gather at the London Embassy

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Protesters against a landmark decision on abortion in the United States gathered at the United States Embassy in London tonight (Friday, June 24). More than 100 demonstrators marched to the Nine Elms building to protest the decision to abolish the constitutional right to abortion.

The United States Supreme Court on Friday ended constitutional abortion protections that had been in place for nearly 50 years by deciding to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade decision. This is expected to lead to abortion bans in about half of US states.

Judith Orr, vice-president of campaign group Abortion Rights, which claims to have organized the protest, said protesters were “full of rage and anger” over the decision and warned the consequences would be “catastrophic”.

She said, “You can’t really overstate the impact this is going to have, women will die, rural women, women who can’t access care online, African American women, women of color, poor working class women are the people who will suffer the most.

She added: “We are on your side. We will fight until you get your rights back and we are emotional tonight for these women. I find it hard to understand, in the 21st century, that they do this, that they make people risk their lives to control their own fertility. It is absolutely appalling and devastating tonight.

Crowds listened to speakers condemn the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision while holding signs, many reading “our bodies, our choice.” One attendee arrived dressed in a costume from the dystopian novel and TV series, The Handmaid’s Tale, in which society is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women like property.

Wen-Wen Lindroth, UK chairwoman of Democrats Abroad, the Democratic Party’s official organization for American citizens living abroad, said it was a “memorable and sad day for the United States”. Speaking at the protest, she said: “I’m about the same age as Roe v Wade and, you know, I think a lot of women of my generation, we just took it for granted that wrestling for women’s rights, you know, had come a very long way – maybe not all the way – but it was certainly one of the fundamental decisions that, you know, underpin our sense of equality at United States.

“So getting it taken is very meaningful and it will impact women, you know, older generations, younger generations certainly, and that’s just something that we’re going to have to address politically and find a way to go back. ”

One protester, Esme Trevelyan, 25, said: “Obviously we’re in London, there’s not much we can do, but being here outside the US Embassy is just a message of solidarity, I guess, towards American women because although it seems like it’s not an issue here, America is the most powerful country in the world, one of the richest countries in the world, if that may get there, surely it can happen anywhere.

Freya Shaw, 20, said: ‘I think we were just there to prove to them that they have a voice and we have a voice and we hear them and we’re here to help and support them and do hear their voice and amplify it to the max because I think that feeling of anger is felt everywhere.

Jessica Cappi, 25, said: “At 4.15pm today we all got the notification on our phones and thought ‘this is the end of something’ and we wanted to come out and fight for this and be heard our voices. I just feel so mad at women everywhere that we could regress.

“I saw a statistic today that the United States was one of four countries actually backsliding on abortion rights. So I jumped on the bandwagon and 45 minutes later, here I am.

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