Abortion clinics begin closing after landmark ruling in US

Clinics have begun closing in some US states after a Supreme Court ruling on Friday removed American women's constitutional right to abortion, SİA reports citing BBC.

About half of the states are expected to introduce new restrictions or bans after the court overturned its 50-year-old Roe v Wade decision. Of these 13 have outlawed abortion instantly.

President Joe Biden described the ruling as "a tragic error".

Protests are underway in cities across the US.

At an abortion clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas - a state with a so-called trigger law allowing an instant ban - the doors to the patient area shut as soon as the court's opinion was posted online and sobbing could be heard. Staff made calls to tell women that their appointments were cancelled.

"No matter how hard we prepare for bad news, when it finally hits, it hits hard. Having to call these patients and tell them Roe v Wade was overturned is heartbreaking," nurse Ashli Hunt told the BBC.

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