Abortion rights protester clings to US Supreme Court fence

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WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) – An abortion rights protester chained himself to a perimeter fence erected outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to protest his expected ruling reversing the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade who legalized the procedure nationwide.

The man, who tied a U-shaped bicycle lock around his neck, chanted “Overturn Roe? Hell no!” as a group of anti-abortion protesters marched and shouted at her, carrying signs with slogans such as “Protection at Conception”.

The man remained tied to the fence for approximately 15 minutes until he was removed by authorities. He held up a green bandana with the website address of an abortion rights group. In a video on the group’s Twitter feed, the man identified himself as Guido Reichstadter from Miami and said he was there because Americans’ rights were under threat.

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“I’m doing this as the first step, kind of like throwing down the gauntlet, the first step in a call for the American people who support abortion rights – and that’s the vast majority of us – to come out of inaction and passivity and sitting down and going into nonviolent resistance,” he said.

The decision in the case, involving Republican-backed abortion restrictions in Mississippi, is expected by the end of June.

Abortion rights battles have been erupting across the country since a draft opinion enacted by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority that would overturn the landmark decision was leaked last month. Read more

Such a move would allow states to ban abortion, a goal of many elected Republicans and religious conservatives.

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Reporting by Doina Chiacu and George Tamerlani; Editing by Will Dunham

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