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Anti-abortion movement celebrates court ruling

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Anti-abortion activists gathered outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Ohio's capital, following the Supreme Court's decision ending constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years — a decision by its conservative majority to overturn the court's landmark abortion cases. Friday's outcome overturning Roe v. Wade is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. The decision, unthinkable just a few years ago, was the culmination of decades of efforts by abortion opponents, made possible by an emboldened right side of the court that has been fortified by three appointees of former President Donald Trump. The ruling came more than a month after the stunning leak of a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito. Anti-abortion activists from Created Equal, an advocacy group dedicated to ending abortion, held signs opposing abortion outside the clinic. Within an hour of the ruling, Republican Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost had asked a federal court to lift a stay on the state's ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The GOP Ohio House speaker said steps would begin immediately to unfetter other anti-abortion measures tied up in legislative committees or the courts.

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