Women’s marches are taking place across the country on the 50th anniversary of Roe v Wade – live

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At her address in Tallahassee, Florida, VicePresident Kamala Harris reaffirmed the fight for reproductive rights across the country.

“Since our inception, we have been on track to fully deliver on our promise. To complete the unfinished work. To secure liberty and freedom for all. This battle will not be inevitable. This will not just happen. It takes steadfast determination and dedication,” she said.

“So today we fight back. I am pleased to announce that President Biden has issued a presidential memorandum. Members of our cabinet and administration are now tasked with identifying barriers to access and recommending measures to ensure that doctors can legally prescribe, dispense physicians and women can obtain safe and effective medication,” she added.

Kamala Harris delivers remarks commemorating the 50th anniversary of Roe v Wade in Tallahassee, Florida. Photo: ABACA/REX/Shutterstock

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Around 12 o ‘clockAt 3:30 p.m., protesters took to the White House amid chants of “Our bodies, our choice” and “When abortion rights are attacked, what do we do?” Get up and fight back!”

At around 12:45 a.m., protesters gathered outside the White House to a Bob Marley backing track and chants of “I believe that we will win.”

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A small counter-protest of less than a dozen people stood outside the steps of Freedom Plaza in DC today at noon singing racist and sexist chants about slavery as thousands descended on DC to march on the 50th anniversary of Roe’s signing of the law, half a year after the constitutional law was dismantled.

jessica nuwell, 19, of the anti-abortion group Students For Life, says she was upset by the counter-protest, which she said did not reflect the movement.

“I do not believe with the pro-choicers, but this behavior is disgusting and it is not the gospel. God loves us all,” she said.

Women’s marches have been taking place 50 years since Roe v Wade

Hello Guardian live blog readers, we are currently covering several news events in development and this blog will keep you up to date with the women’s march now underway in Washington, DC and some other places in the US.

And U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks in Tallahassee, Florida, in a major speech marking what would have been the 50th anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v Wade decision that granted the federal right to abortion in America .

Roe v Wade was struck down last June by a now conservative-dominated Supreme Court.

This is what happens:

  • At over 200 Women’s March events in 46 states, protesters are lamenting the Supreme Court’s decision that now leaves it to individual states to decide whether to make abortion legal for themselves. Abortion has been banned or severely restricted in 14 states since the June 24 ruling.

  • Protests including hundreds gathered on the steps of Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC prior to the march.

  • In Madison, Wisconsinwhere an important event is taking place, thousands of protesters flood the streets around the Capitol, carrying signs reading “prohibited on our bodies” and “our blood is on your hands.”

  • Camala Harris now speaks in Florida about the ongoing fight for reproductive rights.

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