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Large crowds gathered in New York City

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Thousands of people have taken part in coordinated rallies across the United States to protest against several states passing tough laws to restrict abortions.

The anti-abortion bills, approved by Republican state legislatures amid a nationwide push for new restrictions by opponents of abortions, are likely to be challenged legally, forcing a ruling by the Supreme Court.

Those against abortions hope the court – which now has a Conservative majority following appointments by President Donald Trump – could then overturn the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that established a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.

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Last week, the state of Alabama passed the most restrictive law yet, banning abortion in all cases apart from when the mother’s life is at risk. Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio are among the other states to pass new abortion restrictions.

Earlier this year the Supreme Court blocked implementation of new abortion restrictions in Louisiana. However, the ruling was made by a narrow margin and the case is due to be reviewed later this year.

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A protest was held outside the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta

Abortion rights demonstrators hold a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in WashingtonImage copyright
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In Washington DC, activists protest outside the Supreme Court

Abortion rights demonstrators hold a rally outside the US Supreme Court in WashingtonImage copyright
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Across the country, thousands of people joined the protests

Abortion-rights campaigners attend a rally against in New York CityImage copyright
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A girl holds a poster during the protest in New York City

Pro-choice activists assemble in downtown MemphisImage copyright
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These protesters gathered in downtown Memphis, Tennessee

A woman holds up a sign as hundreds of women protest on the steps of the Old Court House during a Stop the Abortion Ban Bill Day of Action in St Louis, MissouriImage copyright
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In St Louis, Missouri, hundreds of women protested on the steps of the Old Court House

Pro-choice activists hold signs at a rally to oppose abortion bans happening throughout the United States, at the State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City, UtahImage copyright
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Demonstrators gathered outside the State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City, Utah

Abortion rights advocates rally to protest against new restrictions on abortions in West Hollywood, CaliforniaImage copyright
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Pro-choice supporters in a demonstration in West Hollywood, California

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