Demonstrations against the decision were largely peaceful, but some arrests were reported.
The demonstrations in New York City continued on Sunday as organizers of the pride parade showed their solidarity with the abortion rights movement by announcing that a contingent of Planned Parenthood would be the first group on the route.
Many of the protesters waved LGBT Pride flags or held up bright pink signs that said, “I support Planned Parenthood” and chanted, “We will not back down.”
Days earlier, at least 20 people were “detained with pending charges” during the initial round of protests in New York City, police said without providing further details.
In Los Angeles on Saturday, police intervened as a group of protesters attempted to march onto US 101. Video of the scene shows officers pushing protesters and hitting at least one person with their batons.
Video of the incident also shows “Full House” actress Jodi Sweetin being pushed to the ground by an officer. Sweetin stood up and continued to protest, leading a cry of “no justice, no peace”, according to Michael Ade, a photojournalist who witnessed the incident. The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement that it is aware of the video and that “the force used will be evaluated in accordance with LAPD policy and procedure.”
At least six people were arrested Saturday at a rally in Greenville, South Carolina, officials said. The demonstration included participants protesting and supporting the decision.
Two people were arrested in Washington, DC, on Saturday after being accused of “throwing paint over the fence by the US Supreme Court”, tweeted the US Capitol Police.
About 1,200 people attended an abortion rights rally in Phoenix on Saturday, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said in a press release. Although the event was mostly peaceful, four people were arrested on Saturday after a fence around the House and Senate Square was torn down, the statement said. The arrests came after Phoenix police used tear gas to disperse protesters in the area on Friday night.
CNN reached out to the facility for comment but had no immediate response. On Friday, the center shared its support for the Supreme Court’s decision on Facebook, writing, “Rejoicing with an overwhelmed heart of gratitude for the life-affirming decisions that were made today.”
States move to restrict abortion rights, while others seek to protect access
Friday’s Supreme Court decision allowed states to immediately begin defining their own abortion policy, leaving people across the country with varying levels of access.
Nine states now have outright bans on abortion, with several or none exceptions. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wisconsin.
States with abortion bans expected to take effect in the coming days and weeks include Wyoming, Mississippi, Tennessee and Idaho.
In Arizona, where abortion providers began canceling appointments immediately after Friday’s decision, the state’s Republican Senate issued a memorandum demanding that the state immediately apply the pre-Roe law, which bans most abortions unless that the procedure is necessary to save a mother’s life.
In Wisconsin, Democratic Governor Tony Evers said he would fight “with all the powers we have” after his Republican-controlled state legislature refused to repeal the 1849 state law banning abortion, which is taking effect again after the Supreme Court decision.
Some blue state governors are also taking steps to protect people who cross state lines to have an abortion.
In California, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Friday protecting against any potential civil action originating out of state for anyone who performs, attends or has an abortion in the state. It also protects non-Californian residents seeking reproductive health care in the state.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order Saturday providing similar protections, saying in a statement, “Our administration is doing everything we can to protect the right of individuals to make their own healthcare decisions.”
In Washington state, Governor Jay Inslee has pledged to create a “sanctuary state” for reproductive choice for people across the country through an upcoming executive order that will direct state police not to comply with extradition efforts by other states that seek to penalize those who travel to Washington to receive an abortion. He did not specify when the executive order will be released or when it will take effect.
Activists launch new legal battle to secure abortion rights
State leaders in Utah are already facing legal action after the state moved quickly to ban most abortions following Friday’s ruling.
Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit alleging that the newly enacted law violates several civil liberties guaranteed in the state constitution, such as the right to determine family composition and equal protection, among others.
Performing an abortion in Utah under its ban is now a felony of the second degree in nearly all cases, according to the lawsuit, which names the governor and attorney general among the defendants.
The law allows abortion if there is danger to the mother’s health, uniformly diagnosable health conditions detected in the fetus, or when the mother’s pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.
In the lawsuit, Planned Parenthood said the measure will have a different impact on women as opposed to men and violates the right to bodily integrity, involuntary servitude, as well as the right to privacy.
“When the Act went into effect, the PPAU (Planned Paternity Claimant Association of Utah) and its staff were forced to immediately stop performing abortions in Utah beyond those few permitted by the Act. If relief is granted in this case, the centers PPAU Health Service resumes the provision of abortions that would not qualify for any of the law’s exceptions,” the lawsuit reads.
CNN reached out to Governor Spencer Cox’s office for comment on the lawsuit, but did not receive a response on Saturday. Attorney General Sean D. Reyes’ office told CNN it had no comment on the lawsuit.
CNN’s Aya Elamroussi, Jalen Beckford, Keith Allen, Gregory Krieg, Sonnet Swire, Hannah Sarisohn, Sharif Paget, Claudia Dominguez, Sara Smart, Kate Conerly and Andy Rose contributed to this report.