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hello, and welcome to our viewers all around the world. i'm ivan watson. coming up on "cnn newsroom." protests across the u.s. after the u.s. supreme court rules there is no constitutional right to abortion. cnn has reporters fanned out from coast-to-coast. plus, we're live in london with a look at how other world leaders are responding to the
landmark decision. plus we'll look at a summit in germany where kyiv is top on the agenda. we'll take you to kyiv, brussels and munich. all right, now a bombshell decision by the u.s. supreme court is rocking the american political landscape this weekend, ending nearly a half century of constitutional protection for abortion. that 50-year-old right was abruptly erased on friday in a 5-4 ruling striking down the ruling of 1973. it immediately triggered an outpouring of large and angry protest's cross the country with many more expected.
>> this decision is an outrage. >> this decision is absolutely terrifying, but more than anything, it just make please angry. >> i would remind that six people do not dictate our lives. >> roe v wade has been challenged and upheld before. but this time they effectively le left it up to individual states on whether to allow the procedures. many republican-led legislatures anticipated this day. a dozen other states are expected to enact abortion bans
now that roe is gone. but it was donald trump's moimt trump'saptrump' trump's appointment of three conservative justices that made the difference. >> reporter: leaving all decisions concerning abortion rights to individual states. the final 5-4 majority opinion strikingly similar to the draft from justice samuel alito that was leaked last month. roe was wrong from the start and the decision has had damaging consequences. in a dissenting opinion, the liberal justices say with sorrow for this court but for the millions of american women who have lost a fundamental
constitutional protection we dissent. chief justice john roberts die verging somewhat from the majority, voting to uphold mississippi's 15-week abortion ban. >> it is an important precedent of the supreme court. >> that's the law of the land. i accept the law of the land, senator, yes. >> reporter: democrat, including president biden, are outraged. >> this is not over. >> reporter: and urging voters to back candidate whose back abortion rights in the mid-term election. >> how about those justices coming before the senators and saying that they respected the precedent of the court. this cruel ruling is outrageous and heart wrenching, but make no mistake. it's all on the brallot in
november. >> reporter: 26 states are likely to ban abortion completely, including 13 states that have trigger laws on the books that set abortion bans into motion as soon as roe is overturned. the supreme court decision could also put other precedents at risk, like the right to same-sex marriage and the access to contraception. alito promised nothing in this opinion should be understood to cast doubt on precedents that do not concern abortion. but the liberal justices warning no one should be confident that this majority is done with its work. jessica schneider, cnn, washington. >> at least 70 protests and demonstrations on both sides of this issue are already expected in the coming days. late friday, police in phoenix,
arizona ended up using tear gas to disperse this noisy crowd. we have donie o'sullivan who spoke with don lemon before those protests ended, but we begin in atlanta. >> reporter: a major turnout on the streets of down town atlanta where two demonstrations merged. among them was a health care provider who brought your 11-year-old daughter. why? >> what happens today will affect her future. >> reporter: why is it so important for to you have your voice heard? >> so i can choose my health care in the future. >> reporter: right now abortion is still legal in the state of georgia, but the legal ramifications for friday's
decision could have ramifications in the state. brian kemp pass ed a so-called heartbeat bill. now as i mentioned, it's still legal here to have abortions in the state. but friday's ruling, the fear among the crowd here is that it could soon outlaw that. >> reporter: what a day it has been here in washington, d.c. t's about almost 13 hours since that historic decision, news of that broke in the u.s. and all around the world. we've seen thousands of demonstrators pass through this area outside the supreme court today. you know, when we were here first earlier this morning, there were groups from both sides of this debate, and anti-abortion activists were here celebrating as we reached into the evening. it was pretty much exclusively
hundreds, possibly thousands of pro-abortion, pro-abortion choice activists were here. the crowd really has dwindled out now. speakers just finished talking, but they say come back tomorrow. what we did see out here today, don was a huge security presence all across washington, d.c. i will say it was very, very different from the security presence we saw in washington, d.c. on the morning of january 6. there were police all over the city. some demonstrators this morning marched from, from scotus here through washington and came back. so we are likely to see more tem administ demonstrations tomorrow. >> the u.s. supreme court ruling is called a huge blow to human
rights and women's rights, saying it is at the core of women and girl's autonomy and ability to make their own choices about their own bodies and lives. this decision strips such autonomy from many women in the u.s., particularly those with low incomes and those of racial and ethnic minorities. joining me is amanda, can i ask about your organization? human rights watch? what position are you taking on this supreme court ruling? >> thanks for asking. so human rights watch is an international independent human rights watch organization. we have a strong program focussed on the united states.
human rights watch for over 20 year has advocated for access to abortion as a human rights issue that's consistent with what u.n. treaty bodies have said as well. we submitted along with amnesty international, an ame icus brie. friend of the court brief. we are concerned this is going to lead to a true human rights tragedy in the united states. >> can you give us some perspective here with this ruling and the impact that it's going to have across the u.s.? where will that put america, the u.s., in relation with other western democracies, when it comes to reproductive rights and the right to abortion. >> that's a great question, so
just to give you an overview, the federal right was grounded on roe v wade, which was ruled in 1973. so the federal right was what was torn down today. that means that states are able to guarantee access to abortions still, under the laws that exist. but we do know that there are nine states that have already, as of this evening, triggered laws to severely curtail access to abortion or ban it completely. and there are a number of others, up to 26 states will severely curtail abortion in the coming days and weeks. that means 24 state also continue to have access. what this is, is will put those 26 states severely out of step with the global trends towards decriminalization. and you mentioned western demo democracies, but we have a number of countries around the world looking at human rights and recognizing that it's important to de-criminalize
abortion. kenya loosened its restrictions, and mexico just decriminalized abortion in its federal system in september. so a number of countries are making the move to de-criminalize abortion on the basis of human rights. >> that leads me to my next question. this move in the u.s., could it have an impact, some kind of spillover effect in other countries. could it impact people on either side of the abortions right debate? >> it's a concern, of course. there's always a risk of an enabling environment for other countries to see what the u.s. is doing and follow suit. i think that that is less likely in the sense that we know, based on global data what happens when you restrict access to abortion. it doesn't decrease abortion. it decreases safe and legal
abortion. and so what we have is countries around the world looking at their rates of maternal death and motrbidity and understandin that to address the health of their population they have to move toward decriminalization. and i'm afraid that we're going to start to see very disturbing cases arise in the united states and hopefully others will look to and say they don't want to follow. >> amanda classing, thank you very much. >> thank you. and the supreme court ruling has already led to at least one confrontation. a pickup truck drove through a group of protesters in cedar rapids, iowa. the video shows someone falling to the ground at truck drove through protesters. a person was injured and taken to the hospital. authorities are investigating the incident. more on the historic decision
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call the number on your screen. coventry direct, redefining insurance. am welcome back to the broadcast. legally, the supreme court decision affects the u.s. only. but reaction from abroad is coming in. canadian prime minister justin trudeau writes, it's horrific, my heart goes out to the millions of american women who are now set to whose their legal right to an abortion. i can't imagine the fear and anger you are feeling right now. the spanish prime minister tweeted in spanish, we can't take for granted any rights. social gains are always at risk of being overturned and their defense must be our daily work. but the vatican supports the
ruling. it says it's time to, quote, build the society and economy that supports marriages and families, and where every woman has the support and resources she needs to bring her child into this world with love. we are joined flilive from lond. really, this is an american domestic political issue, but it is attracting strong reaction from around the world. >> reporter: absolutely, this is seen broadly across the globe and indeed here in the european continent as a fundamental right. this has triggered quite a response from european leaders. it really has sent shockwaves on an international scale. in europe, most european nations do abortion on request. there is a significant contrast now with the united states.
we see european leaders criticizing the move openly, as you mention the, french president emmanuel macron describing this and the access to abortion as a fundamental right for all women which must be protected. we even saw demonstrations on the streets of paris yesterday. one placard describing this as a shocking incident, the decision from the supreme court. we heard it described as one of the darkest days. and that it could embolden ain't abortion activists across the world. and we saw protesters outside the u.s. embassy. boris johnson has described this as a major setback. >> this is not our court. i
it's another jurisdiction. but it has massive impact on people's thinking across the world. i have to tell you, i think it's a big step backwards, i think it's a big step backwards. i've always believed in a woman's right to choose. and that's why the uk has the laws that it does. we recently took steps to make sure that those laws were enforced throughout the whole of the uk. >> reporter: we had a comment from the united nations. human rights watch has said that the u.s. is vieolating its international human rights. there is a lot of work with disadvantaged communities. and they have seen first hand the devastating impact the restriction to abortion can have. >> the british prime minister, a conservative politician, whose
views on abortion rights are completely at odds with much of the u.s. conservative political movement. thanks very much for your report, nadir bashir, live in london. thanks to the leak of a draft opinion, the supreme court's decision was not unexpected. coming up next, what the white house plans to do to counter the ruling. and abortion right groups are working on their own strategies to counter the supreme court's decision. we'll a talk with an advocate and legal expert. stay with us. >> in the 21st century, forced motherhood --
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welcome back to our viewers around the world and in the united states. i'm ivan watson, and this is "cnn newsroom." the united states has joined ranks of el salvador to roll back abortion rights. and it comes as kprououtrage ove supreme court's decision boils over across the country. thousands of people took to the streets from coast-to-coast after friday's ruling. more protests are expected over the weekend. >> the impacts of the decision, they're already being felt. abortion clinics in some 26 states will have to shut down within days. some of them have already. and in oklahoma, the state's
attorney general said law enforcement is now activated to act against any efforts to aid, abet or solicit abortions. u.s. president joe biden slammed the supreme court's decision, warning that it puts the health and lives of women in the u.s. at risk. the white house had been preparing for the announcement ever since a draft opinion leaked several weeks ago. chief white house correspondent caitlyn collins has more. >> reporter: well, the white house who been bracing themselves for this decision from the supreme court overturning roe v wade ever since that draft opinion leaked last month, so the white house already had president biden's speech written when the final ruling came down. he only made a few changes to it before he came out and declared it a sad, solemn day as other world leaders, including boris johnson were weighing in on the decision. president biden says he does believe the lives and health of
women are at risk and invoked the name of his predecessor with the selection of these justices. the frepresident now says he's going to look to the justice department to defend the rights of women to travel out of state to get an abortion if they need to. at the end of the day, he noted that there is only so much he can do when it comes to executive action, instead he urged people to vote. because restoring the constitutional right that the supreme court overturned would take an act of congress, and right now democrats do not have the votes to codify roe v wade into law. president biden making the statement that he does believe roe v wade is on the ballot come
november. caitlyn collins, cnn, the white house. joining me now is brenda fiegen, a lawyer, feminist and ran the aclu's women's rights project with ruth bader ginsburg. she's the author of "not one of the boys", living life as a feminist. good to see you. first and foremost, you're an outspoken feminist. what is your immediate reaction when you heard about the supreme court ruling? >> absolute rage. and just sadness for women who are going to be deprived of a fundamental health care that many of them need, and i am just, having read these opinions, i'm just stunned at how badly it has turned out. and i'm happy to answer any questions. i just feel like we've got two issues.
one is there's effectively no more right to abortion. decide if you will, if 15 weeks is the limit or what's going to happen in other states, but the other major decision is stare decisis which they say does not apply. it doesn't matter that they were decided 50 and 30 years ago. here we are without those rights. >> now in the immediate short term, what options do women, girls have right now if they wanted to consider an abortion in the u.s.? >> well, i mean, the obvious, the obvious option for some women is to go to a state that does al low abortion. this decision basically say it's up to the states. the states can say we want to
you have the right to aaboborti or you don't. other states like new york where i live allow women to get an abortion. and suddenly, it's gone. and, you know, i feel that it's a shock, even though we were expecting something like that, it was a shock, because i hope, i frankly, seriously hope that chief justice roberts would take the position that 24 weeks, he was going to disagree anyway. 24 weeks was too much, maybe 15 is enough, but he wasn't going to say that roe and case we overturned. we really have now a wild scene where states can do whatever they want, and there is a serious threat at the federal level of a national law, federal law going into effect that would prevent states from allowing women to get abortions at any period.
and that's a very real possibility, because their court is not, it's not clear that this court thinks that would be a bad thing. in fact, it's farrell clear it thinks it would be a good thing. i would say one other thing if i may, and that is that justice thomas, of all people, decided to say in his decision that it's perfectly okay for the court in the future to think about whether we should have birth control, contraception, whether there should be a right to same-sex marriage, and frankly, what he left out was a right to interracial marriage. if he really thinks that those are all due process rights that are too mushy for the court to handle, they really are saying we don't believe in substantive process anymore. >> supreme court has smash ed a previous precedent here. while you're expressing shock and anger, proponents against
abortion are celebrating victory. >> judges in charge of abortion policy inposinimposing laws led ledge slated by unelected people. pass laws that people support. the constitution gives the people this job, and the people are ready to protect life. >> if i might add, this decision comes when there is a democrat-elected president and the senate and house are both sieg democratic-elected majorities. what is your reaction to that
statement you just heard? >> i think it's absolutely untrue. first of all we have a representative government, but we have a filibuster in the senate, which means we can't get any legislation through. and i completely disagree that we have the power to undo this decision or get women around the country to have the right to abortion. they don't. people in mississippi can't get an abortion after 15 weeks now, people in texas, who knows what that five or six-week law is about. it's a crazy situation, with women now having to travel around the country to find a place, and if worse comes to worse and there is a federal statute, they'll have to go to canada. assuming canada stays the same way. it's the lack of power that women are being treated now the way women in 1868, who had no right to vote, could not be lawyers. a case in 1872 held that women
did not have a right to be a lawyer like i am. and i feel like it's the cavalier of these people. what business is it of theirs what i do inside my uterus? or take all the young women who are having children and may want to or may not, it's extremely hard. one of the things i realized when i was pregnant was how difficult it is to be pregnant and what a very, very big decision if is. >> brenda, thank you very much for sharing your views. >> thank you for having me. coming up in the program. ukrainian troops are giving up the fight in sievierodonetsk. but new reports say russian attacks still haven't stopped. that's ahead. and the january 6 committee isn't alone in possibly investigating wrong doing by the trump administration. we'll look into probes of election meddling.
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welcome back to the program. i'm ivan watson. russia's slow but steady advances in eastern ukraine are paying off in the city of sievierodonetsk. ukrainian troops are pulling out of the city after weeks of grinding street battles. as they prepare to withdraw, ukraine says russia is keeping up attacks on a chemical plant there where both civilians and soldiers have been fighting. now ukraine says russia has carried out a new airstrike and is trying to cut off a key highway out of city. meanwhile, president zelenskyy made an appeal for support in a video message played at the glass ton bury music festival saying ukraine is holding the
line for many others. >> the pandemic has puttaffecte millions of lives. we would like to enjoy this wonderful summer. but we can't do that pause the most terrible has happened. russia has stolen our peace, but we will not let russia's war break us, and we will want to stop the war before it ruins peoples live this is other countries of europe. asia, latin america. they are all under threat now. >> ukraine will be high on the priority list when g-7 leaders begin their summit in germany. they will start talks at a mountain resort pabavaria.
these miss vpolice vehicles wer burned down in munich, which police believe could have been done in protest of the summit. we have covering the conflict from every angle. we have a reporter in kyiv, brussels and munich. let's go to the ukrainian capital. good to see you. can you bring us up to date on the state of the conflict, particularly in the east of the country? >> absolutely. as the g-7 leaders meet, ukraine is absolutely on the back foot. it is losing territory to the brute force of russia's military, all of that of course in the city of seaievierodonets. russia has pounded them into submission. airstrikes being used as well. it's important to note here,
there's,000 of civilians, over 7,000 civilians, estimated still to be trapped in rec sievierodonetsk. they're running out of food and water, and they are pulling out, withdrawing from that city. they say it's a strategic pullback, but the reality is they've been outmanned and outgunned. russia's military might and superiority is unmachtched. where are they pulling back? leasy chance being. it looked as though that city would fall as well. they are the last strongholds in the region. the goal of putin to take full control of the donbas to connect russian territory down to crimea. as you know, the ukraine's
allies, western leaders, have been pouring help and support in the form of military aid since the start of this conflict, but it's clearly not working. it's not enough. and this is going to be a long fight. as they sit down, these g-7 leaders are going to have to figure out how they better help ukraine and how they do that in the long term. one last thing i'm going to point out. the weapons coming from europe are so important. russia claiming that it's taking them out one by one. even these precious wednesday don't seem to be lasting long on the battle field. >> we'll turn now to nic robertson live in brussels. the g-7 leaders have shown remarkable unity in response to russia's invasion of ukraine, but now that their economies are coming under pressure from inflation, rising energy prices, is that unity likely to continue? >> it seems to be the best
course of action. and if they can manage it, they've managed it so far under extreme pressure and now the pressures at home as the war and the war effects. russia, remember, and i think this is what's on the mind of the g-7 leaders, and it was certainly on the mind of european leaders russia isn't just fighting this war in ukraine. the european union, the united states and others are all putting sanctions on russia. russia is fighting back at these countries and many parts of the rest of the world, directly. and it is throttling back gas supplies. it is creating food insecurity by not al how lonlowing ukraine export its wheat around the world. all of that amounts to rising fuel prices, rising costs of commodities to inflation and potentially a global recession. russia is fighting a war by another means, and that's what
faces the g-7 leaders, and that, if they can manage the unity, is the way to get on to what is essentially going to be a sort of war footing themselves in this own countries with this narrative. and i think it was explained very clearly by the irish prime minister yesterday. this is how he framed it. >> so energy is being weaponized. migration is being weaponized. so the terrorizing of the people of ukraine through indiscriminal bom bombings of towns and cities is a crisis the likes of which we haven't seen since world war ii. european union demonstrated tou during covid that it can be resilient.
>> reporter: so it will be about helping them manage this economy, helping them build and rebuild the country and run the government as a marshall plan as olaf scholz has framed it, for ukraine. but the reality is, for these leaders, they've got domestic pressure, very real domestic pressures at home, because of the overspill effects of the war, but they need to maintain the military support. we've been hearing about from salma and the economic support as well. that had also be a very big part, but make no mistake here. it will emerge in brussels and at the g-7 meeting. that the nations that stand fence against russia are stepping up onto a war footing. >> i want to turn to fred pleitgen who's in germany where the g-7 summit will begin on
sunday. do you have any update on these torched german police cars? >> reporter: the police believe that the torched police cars could be by people protesting the g-7. there were protest actions going on before the summit was to take place. and right here is where the main demonstration is going to be today, people critical of the g-7, who are not saying they don't want the g-7 to if ahead, but that the g-7 nations need to become more equal around the world and make the world a more equal place. they are already setting up their stage. the demo's about to start or set to start in about an hour and ten minutes. there are people setting up. and there are several things they are saying. the interesting thing is these protest actions, these demonstrations, the war in ukraine is also something that is really at the center of people's attentions. and what the people are essentially saying is yes, of course, they believe this is
russian aggression, but they also say the war in ukraine has shown that the world is a far too unequal place. it shows that the developed nations, the g-7 nations and others are far too dependent on fossil fuels and something needs to change and change very quickly. and that the food crisis, with a lot of grain being stuck in ukrainian ports, that has also shown that the world's agriculture is far to unequal as well. they say that the g-7 really needs to get on its feet and do something very quickly. they believe in the past years, really in the past decades, if you will, there's been way too much talk and way too little action and the world has become a far more unequal place, and they are demanding action from those conducting the g-7. of course the germans and president biden who's set to arrive here later today, and they're going to take to the streets.
you're going to have tens of thousands of people marching through the bavarian capital of munich. the biggest city that's a little bit closer to the g-7. remote places to try to stop destruction. >> all of you guys working hard this weekend. thank you very much. and nic robertson also has more in in-depth analysis. an increasingly assertive china. from a global food crunch to spike oil prices. you'll find that online at cnn.com. now to disturbing news from norway. police there have charged a man with murder, attempted murder and terrorism in connection with a shooting at a gay nightclub in oslo. the suspect is a norwegian citizen originally from iran. the attack left two people dead
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welcome back to "cnn newsroom." several states across the u.s. are investigating efforts by associates of former president trump to overturn the election. in georgia, cnn is learning that the fulton county district attorney is scrutinizing rudy giuliani's meetings for fraud. and fake slates of electors in
several swing states that trump lost. in washington, d.c., a leader of the stop the steal group testified before a federal grand jury on friday. cnn's erin burnett asked a former federal prosecutor just how damaging alexander's testimony could prove to be. >> if there's anything we've learned over the last several weeks of watching hearings of january 6, it didn't start that morning. and there was a sustained effort starting months of to plan those events. ali alexander can help fill in some of the gaps as to coordination between different groups that were planning these rallies, and perhaps maybe coordination with people in the former president's orbit. if you look at the kinds of charges coming out, it's not just breaking the walls of the capitol building but seditious
conspiracy. >> in congress, the u.s. house pass add historic bipartisan gun reform bill, the first major gun safety legislation in decades. 14 republicans joined democrats in favor of the measure. the senate had already passed a p bill also with bipartisan support. it now goes to president biden who's expected to sign it into flaw hours. it includes millions of dollars for mental health, school safety and crisis intervention programs and a background check system on gun sales to juveniles. now that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm ivan watson. i'll be back in just a moment with more news.
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