Today the US Supreme Court overturned the 50 year old Roe v Wade ruling that legalised abortion throughout the country.
Half of US states are expected to introduce new restrictions or bans as a result. Thirteen have already passed 'trigger laws' that will automatically outlaw abortion following the ruling.
In the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade case, the Supreme Court ruled that a woman's right to an abortion in the first three months of pregnancy was protected by the US constitution.
Today's decision overturned that ruling by finding in favour of the Mississippi state in a case that challenged the state's ban on abortion after 15 weeks.
The NSS has sent a statement to the campaign group Abortion Rights to be delivered at their protest at the US embassy in London at 7pm tonight. Protests are also planned in Cardiff and Edinburgh.
The statement said:
This decision is a blow to women's reproductive rights. Today is a dark day for America, where, without a constitutional right to abortion, millions of women will be stripped of their right to choose.
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