Roe v. Wade protesters in South Carolina clashed with police on Saturday as thousands continued their outrage against the Supreme Court‘s decision to end the landmark abortion ruling by holding demonstrations in Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and all across the country.
Protests erupted on Friday following the court’s ruling to overtun women’s federal right to abortions, with 26 states expected to futher restirct or outight ban abortions.
Outrage over the decision is expected to carry on over the weekend through the chaotic protests, as Capitol Police said two people were arrested on Saturday for throwing paint over the fence by the Supreme Court and protesters clashed with police in Greenville, South Carolina.
The Greenville chaos erupted when hundreds overcrowded the streets and six people were arrested by police, who were filmed tackling demonstrators after they were told to disband following the scheduled 1 p.m. finish.
Protests also broke out in Jackson, Mississippi, Boston, Austin, Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, Phoenix, Denver, and St. Louis.
Hundreds gathered outside the Supreme Court on Saturday for the second day of protests over the end of Roe v. Wade
Chaos erupted in Greenville, South Carolina when police tackled four men to the ground to arrest them after the crowd failed to disband after one hour of protest. Demonstrators claimed police tased one of the men
Many were there to blast the high court’s decision to strip women’s federal right abortions (pictured). Also outside the Supreme Court were waves of anti-abortion portesters celebrating the ruling
In Los Angeles, members of a large protest broke out to confront police officers who ordered the group disband
In Atlanta, many gathered outside the Georgia’s capitol to protest the expected implemintation of a sex-week abortion ban
In New York, protesters gathered at Union Square Park calling out the Supreme Court decision. It was relatively peaceful compared to yesterday’s protest, which saw 25 arrested in the city
The protest at One City Plaza, in Greenville, South Carolina had scheduled only 100 to protest the Supreme Court’s decision for only one hour, between noon and 1 p.m, WYFF4 reported.
When about 500 protesters showed up and exceeded the time limit, Greenville police officers told the crowd to disband as pro-choice demonstrators began confronting anti-abortion protesters.
According to the city’s law, protesters needed to stay in designated areas and not be ‘interfering with, hampering, hindering, or getting in the way of those participating in the permitted event,’ after their demonstration was scheduled to conclude.
Police said six people were arrested after failing to comply with warnings and trying to interfere with arrests, and officials claimed pepper spray and stun guns were not used.
However, video of the scene of the arrests depicted the tense situation as police were filmed tackling four men to the floor while a woman was screaming, ‘Look at what he’s doing. He’s tasing him.’
An investigation over the incident is underway, police officials told the local outlet.
On the West Coast, hundreds gathered in down LA on Saturday at Grand Park chanting, ‘My body, my choice,’ while waving around signs that read ‘You are only banning safe abortions,’ the LA Times reported.
Some of the protests led to heated moments between residents and police when blocking traffic on the 101 Freeway and trying to walk on the highway.
While the smaller group clashed with police, the larger group marched onto the city’s Crypto.com Arena before arriving at City Hall to hold the protest.
The clash on Saturday came after a more violent conflict on Friday, where protesters threw objects at police officers, injuring two cops and leading to several arrets.
The LA Police Protective League, the union representing the city’s cops, condemned the protests on Saturday and slammed city officials for failing to speak out against the actions of the violent group.
‘The silence is deafening from our so-called community’s leaders,’ the union said in a statement. ‘This type of raw violence on display in Los Angeles and across the nation from dangerous mobs hell-bent on destruction has nothing to do with a woman’s right to choose.’
Protesters clashed with police in Los Angeles during the second day of demonstrations
Police warned a group that had splintered off from the main protest to disband
The protesters at the scene were yelling at officers trying to contain the rowdy group
The police union condemned the protest and called on city officials to do the same
The protesters were also pictured blocking traffic on the 101 Freeway in LA (pictured)
In the nation’s capitol, hundreds gathered outside the Supreme Court, where the conservative majority voted to end the landmark 1973 abortion decision.
The protesters chanted ‘Women’s rights are human rights,’ while arguing with anti-abortion demonstraters who where their to show their support for the ruling, NBC reported.
Among the chants echoing in the captiol were, ‘Abortion is racist,’ and ‘Abortion is opression.’
In New York City, hundreds took to the streets at Union Square Park in a second day of rallying against the Supreme Court’s decesion that also coincided with the city’s annual Dyke March, a protest march which celebrates lesbian pride.
At the capitol, many slammed the court not only for its abortion ruling, but also for its recent decision to strike down New York’s open carry restriction
One woman branded a sign echoing the criticism, writing that women will be ‘Forced to carry’
The abortion protest event was organized by the Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights group, which saw a diverse crowd march the streets of Manhattan calling for safe, legal abortions.
Carol Silverman, 79, told the New York Post: ‘I’m terribly upset about what’s going on in our country. I have always been an activist, and I feel it’s not my country anymore.’
‘I’m angry. I’m frustrated. I’m not very optimistic.’
Saturday’s protest was calmer than the one on Friday, which saw 17,000 people descended on Washington Square Park before marching through the streets to Grand Central Station, Times Square and Bryant Park.
They also stopped outside News Corp headquarters – home to Fox News and The New York Post – and yelled ‘Burn it down! Burn it down! F–k Tucker Carlson!’ Vandals also sprayed ‘F*** Fox’ on the side of the building.
In New York, protesters gathered at Union Square Park to call for safe and legal abortions throughout the nation
One pro-choice protesters branded bilingual stickers calling for legal abortions while holding a pride flag
Many signs read, ‘Abortion on Demand & Without Apology,’ a slogan from the organizers of the New York City event, Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights
In Atlanta, protesters gathered outside the state capitol to condem the high courts ruling, which is poised to allow a 2019 state law banning abortions after six weeks to take effect.
The controversial ‘Heartbeat Law,’ was delayed while the Supreme Court considered the future of Roe v. Wade.
Protester Anna Summerlin, 43, said she joined protests outside the state’s capitol to set an example for her 5-year-old daughter.
‘She shouldn’t have to go backwards, thinking and worrying about her rights,’ Summerlin told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ‘She has been taught that she has control over her body, yet here we are today, and she doesn’t. Our government does.’
In Atlanta, protesters gathered outside the state capitol to condemn the high court’s ruling
One demonstration saw dozens lying down in front of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (pictured)
Many women had the words, ‘Bans off’ written on their stomach
Protesters also condemned Gerogia’ ‘Heatbeat Law,’ which is set to make abortions after six weeks illegal