FURIOUS crowds have been tear-gassed in clashes with the police after storming the state Senate following the controversial Roe v Wade ruling.
Anti-abortion demonstrators gathered outside the Arizona Capitol Friday night forcing lawmakers to huddle in a basement after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark ruling.
SWAT team members with the Department of Public Safety fired tear gas from the second floor of the old Capitol building to disperse protesters in the mall between the current House and Senate buildings.
KPHO-TV reported the officers opened fire when several anti-abortion protesters started banging on the glass doors of the Senate building.
Arizona is among the eight states where abortion clinics paused abortion services following the decision to overturn the landmark 1973 decision.
The incident sent Senate lawmakers into the basement for about 20 minutes, said Democratic Sen. Martin Quezada.
Stinging tear gas wafted through the building afterwards, forcing the Senate to move its proceedings to a hearing room instead of the Senate chamber.
It comes as protests erupted across the US after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark ruling Roe v Wade on Friday.
Huge crowds of protestors gathered outside the Supreme Court and in multiple cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco and New York City.
Shocking footage appears to show a truck hitting pro-choice protesters during a demonstration in Iowa.
At least 25 people were arrested in New York with one police officer estimating that 17,000 gathered in a march in Washington Square Park, the New York Post reported.
Protesters clashed with police in Los Angeles after some threw fireworks and other objects according to the LA Times.
Videos on social media showed buildings in downtown Washington, DC being boarded up following the decision.
The protests were sparked by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark ruling Roe V Wade, eliminating nearly 50 years of constitutional protections for abortion.
The controversial issue has divided opinion in the US with supporters on both sides, pro-choice and pro-life.
President Biden who addressed the matter in a speech from The White House described the court’s determination as “a tragic error and cruel,” saying it’s sent America back “150 years”.
“Today is a very solemn moment for the United States. The Supreme Court expressly took away a Constitutional right from the American people that it had already recognized,” Biden said.
“They simply took it away. That’s never been done to a right that is so important to so many Americans.
“It’s a sad day for the court and the country. Women have the power to control their destiny. With Roe gone, let’s be very clear, the health and life of women in this nation are now at risk.”
Meanwhile, Barack Obama tweeted: “Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans.”
However, others have praised the decision.
Donald Trump Jr posted on Twitter: “When nearly any other Republican President would have folded to the pressure from the left and the media, Donald J. Trump stood by Kavanaugh and refused to budge.
“And today, conservatives just got our biggest win from the Supreme Court in a generation.”
Ted Cruz tweeted: “Today is a testament to the millions of activists who have organized and have marched in the March for Life over the past 49 years!”
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