Abortion rights activists march in Washington

STORY: Demonstrators waved signs, chanted and marched through the city to the White House.

The demonstration, organized by Women's March, aimed to put pressure on U.S. President Joe Biden to take executive action to protect abortion rights.

It took place one day after he signed an executive order to ease access to services to terminate pregnancies. The order directs the government's health department to expand access to "medication abortion" - pills prescribed to end pregnancies - and to ensure women have access to emergency medical care, family planning services and contraception.

The Supreme Court's ruling restored states' ability to ban abortion. As a result, women with unwanted pregnancies face the choice of traveling to another state where the procedure remains legal and available, buying abortion pills online, or having a potentially dangerous illegal abortion.

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