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Angry demonstrations included calls for action to help those without access to abortion.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Anger boiled over in downtown Portland Friday, June 24, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned nearly 50 years of precedence and withdrew federal protection for abortions. Crowds marched and chanted downtown. Righteous outrage marked the scene in downtown Portland Friday afternoon, June 24.

Hundreds marched from the waterfront to Lownsdale Square, to protest the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade case, effectively ending abortion access in several states.

Marchers headed on for other parts of downtown after that.

Protesters carried signs defending abortion and damning the U.S. Supreme Court. Friday's demonstrations were organized by Pro-Choice Oregon and the Democratic Socialists of America Portland chapter.

"They don't care about the American people anymore," one protester said, listening to speeches. "They don't represent us anymore."

Lori Anderson and her daughter, Leah, carried handmade signs crafted from pizza boxes and wooden poles, which they put together on a bus as they made their way downtown.

Anderson, 65, said she felt compelled to show up.

"I can't believe we're back here," she said, noting the decision that overturned nearly 50 years of abortion rights.

"I listened to (President) Biden's speech today and he said he was going to try and do something legislatively" Anderson said. "I'm hoping that it really impacts the election, that people in other states will go 'wow.'"PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Abortion rights protesters with handmade signs filled Portland streets and parks Friday, June 24.

While Oregon has strengthened its laws protecting abortion access — and joined Washington and California in a tri-state pact to defend access to contraceptives and reproductive health care — the impact of the legal ruling will be felt most heavily in states with abortion restricts, particularly those who are low-income and people of color, advocates said earlier Friday.

"We're partnering with other faith communities to help women access safe abortions," Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray of the Unitarian Universalist Association told a crowd gathered in the park. "We're not going to take it. We're not going to be quiet. We will not be silent. We will not give up our rights."

Shortly after Friday's Supreme Court ruling was released, Oregon advocates quickly shifted focus on shoring up access to services and serving those in states like Idaho, which is one of more than a dozen with abortion bans set to go into effect, triggered by the legal ruling.

Portland's demonstrations were a few of many across the United States, including one on the lawn of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.


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