Large protests gather outside Supreme Court

Abortion rights activists react to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: Abortion rights activists react to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. Photo credit Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Activists began to gather outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday morning to protest the decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health case that suddenly overturned on Friday abortion rights that were established by Roe v. Wade in 1973.

Hundreds of people, both in support and protest of the SCOTUS decision, were seen outside the court in Washington, D.C. holding signs and chanting. Some prayed, others cried and both sides yelled, either in support of the decision or against it.

"It's a heartbreaking betrayal of half of the country," former federal prosecutor Jennifer Rodgers told CNN. "I'm getting — watching the women there — it's emotional."

“This is a fascist ruling. This is illegitimate," an abortion rights activist yelled at the protest, according to The Wall Street Journal. "We need massive nonviolent mass outpourings of resistance across this country," she added.

According to The Washington Post, the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge was shut down on Friday morning after a person "climbed to the top of a 70-foot-tall archway."

"It feels like we’re at a Justin Bieber concert," Tanya Matthews, who supports abortion rights told The Washington Post. "They don’t understand the gravity of this decision. Just because it’s not legal doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen."

By 11 a.m. ET this morning, not even an hour after the decision, there were more than 1,000 people protesting outside of the Supreme Court, according to Bloomberg. It was expected to keep growing.

The Supreme Court building had previously been fenced off, yet police officers still created a barrier in front of the building as protesters gathered. The Metropolitan Police Department posted a statement to Twitter saying that they are "providing the necessary resources and support to keep our community safe" amid the protests.

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