When news of the ruling emerged Friday morning, abortion rights advocates and opponents also gathered outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC.
One man — who was surrounded by placards reading “Roe is dead” and “I’m the generation after the Roe” — shot champagne into the air over others celebrating.
Julia Kaluta was one of the many proponents of abortion rights there.
“It’s like seeing the train coming at you,” Kaluta, who received the news on her 24th birthday, told DailyExpertNews. “And you are finally touched by it. And it still hurts more than you ever thought.”
There were some anti-abortion activists in attendance, but they kept themselves inconspicuous and there were no clashes the DailyExpertNews crew saw with the protesters. According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), at least 20 people in the city were “taken into custody with pending charges” after protesters marched in protest at the decision.
Officers detained the individuals “near Bryant Park, West 42nd Street and 6th Avenue,” an NYPD spokesman told DailyExpertNews on Saturday morning.
More details about the arrests were not given.
Mia Khatcherian, who lives in New York, said she felt guilty for knowing abortion is legal in her home state, while those living in other states will be subject to anti-abortion laws.
“I want women in other states to see the wave of support — that the sheer number (of protesters) is sending a message,” said Khatcherian, 32, the daughter of a Filipino mother and Armenian father. “Knowing that women of color will be the victims of this decision,” made sitting at home, outraged on social media, an impossibility, she added.
And as of Saturday, 13 states have passed laws banning abortions in light of the ruling. Those states are Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming.
In some cases, the laws take effect immediately, while in others they come into effect after a period of time or through certification of state officials.
Abortion providers have canceled dozens of appointments
Abortion providers in Arizona and Arkansas have already started discontinuing abortion services.
In any case, Family Planning Associates, Planned Parenthood Arizona and Tucson Choices in Arizona have temporarily suspended abortion services while assessing the legal ramifications of the ruling, according to reports on their websites.
dr. DeShawn Taylor, who runs Desert Star Family Planning in Phoenix, said her clinic canceled about 20 abortion appointments initially scheduled for Friday through next week.
“We are committed to keeping our doors open if we can, to be able to provide abortion care as soon as it is safe to do so. I believe we will live in dark times for a while, hopefully not for too long, but I do believe that the pendulum will swing back.”
On Friday, the Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus issued a memo stating that the state must immediately enforce the pre-Roe law, which bans most abortions unless the procedure is necessary to save a mother’s life. .
In Arkansas, the Little Rock Planned Parenthood canceled between 60 and 100 appointments for people who had planned or were planning an abortion, said Dr. Janet Cathey to DailyExpertNews.
“There were patients who said they were in their car and on the road and asked us, ‘It’s going to be okay, isn’t it?’ And we had to tell them, “No, we have to follow the law,” Cathey told DailyExpertNews.
“Most patients were desperate or panicked,” she added.
Cathey said the patients had been given contact information from the Planned Parenthood office in Overland Park, Kansas, adding that her office “has made arrangements to take some there.”
Little Rock is about a 7-hour drive from Overland Park. But for those patients in South Arkansas, the travel time is closer to 10 hours, Cathey said.
“We saw people from Louisiana and Texas who also came to see us. Some called from Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. They too will be affected,” she added.
Leaders react quickly to protect abortion rights
In some states, local leaders have taken steps to protect and extend abortion rights, especially in light of the potential influx of patients from states that prohibit legal abortions.
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law Friday protecting against any potential civil action from out of state for anyone who performs, assists or receives an abortion in the state. It also protects non-California residents seeking reproductive health care in the state.
In Mississippi, where the abortion ban goes into effect 10 days after the attorney general confirms the Supreme Court’s decision, the owner of the last abortion clinic in the state insisted on remaining open to provide services during that time.
Diane Derzis, who heads the Jackson Women’s Health Organization in Jackson, Mississippi, said she’s not giving up and her doors are open.
“I’ll tell you that any patient who contacts us, we’ll see them. We’ll make sure we see them during those 10 days,” Derzis said at a news conference Friday. “A woman should not have to leave the state to receive medical care.”
Derzis said her team plans to open a new clinic in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where they will continue to provide services.
DailyExpertNews’s Gregory Krieg, Virginia Langmaid, Natasha Chen, Sara Smart, Claudia Dominguez, Cheri Mossburg, Kiely Westhoff, Alta Spells, Nick Valencia and Faith Karimi contributed to this report.