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Thousands March for Abortion Rights in Washington and Cities Across U.S.

Protesters take part in the Women’s March and Rally for Abortion Justice in New York, on October 2, 2021.
Protesters take part in the Women’s March and Rally for Abortion Justice in New York, on October 2, 2021. KENA BETANCUR/Getty Images

Thousands of protesters gathered in Washington and cities across the country on Saturday to demand continued access to abortion at a time when judges and conservative lawmakers have been imposing lots of new restrictions on the practice. The demonstrators, which was the first Women’s March of the Biden administration, focused particularly on protesting the Texas ban on most abortions.

Protesters take part in the Women's March and Rally for Abortion Justice in Washington, D.C. on October 2, 2021.
Protesters take part in the Women’s March and Rally for Abortion Justice in Washington, D.C. on October 2, 2021. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/Getty Images
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A protester holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court during the Women's March and Rally for Abortion Justice in Washington, D.C. on October 2, 2021.
A protester holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court during the Women’s March and Rally for Abortion Justice in Washington, D.C. on October 2, 2021. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/Getty Images
Protesters take part in the Women's March and Rally for Abortion Justice in New York, on October 2, 2021.
Protesters take part in the Women’s March and Rally for Abortion Justice in New York, on October 2, 2021. KENA BETANCUR/Getty Images
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In Washington, demonstrators headed to the Supreme Court, a month after justices declined to take action to block the Texas ban. The Supreme Court begins its new term Monday and there are widespread fears among activists that the justices could impose new restrictions on abortions. “No matter where you live, no matter where you are, this moment is dark—it is dark—but that’s why we’re here,” Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood, told the crowd.

A women rights activist holds up a sign during the annual Women’s March in front of the U.S. Supreme Court October 2, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
A women rights activist holds up a sign during the annual Women’s March in front of the U.S. Supreme Court October 2, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images
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Protesters take part in the Women's March and Rally for Abortion Justice in New York, on October 2, 2021.
Protesters take part in the Women’s March and Rally for Abortion Justice in New York, on October 2, 2021. KENA BETANCUR/Getty Images
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In all there were 660 demonstrations across the United States with hundreds gathering in Austin and cities across Texas. Organizers said that while the protests were not as massive as during the Trump era, the way demonstrations were held in so many cities and towns across the country shows widespread support for the movement. They also said the marches were an important reminder that just because former President Donald Trump is out of office doesn’t mean abortion rights are safe.

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Demonstrators rally against anti-abortion and voter suppression laws at the Texas State Capitol on October 2, 2021 in Austin, Texas.
Demonstrators rally against anti-abortion and voter suppression laws at the Texas State Capitol on October 2, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Montinique Monroe/Getty Images
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Demonstrators rally in support of women's reproductive rights on October 2, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Demonstrators rally in support of women’s reproductive rights on October 2, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Megan Varner/Getty Images
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Protesters take part in the Women's March and Rally for Abortion Justice in Wilmington, Delaware, on October 2, 2021.
Protesters take part in the Women’s March and Rally for Abortion Justice in Wilmington, Delaware, on October 2, 2021. ED JONES/Getty Images
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