Pro-abortion rights supporters and anti-abortion rights activists took to the streets of the United States capital, following a leaked draft majority opinion that indicated the country’s Supreme Court planned to overturn the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling.
According to reports, the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling legalized abortion nationwide.
The rival protests in Washington, DC embodied a debate over access to abortion that has polarised US politics for decades.
If the court strikes down the Roe v Wade ruling, individual states would be allowed to ban abortion, if they wish.
It is then expected that abortion could be banned in almost half of US states.
The issue of abortion rights is certain to take centre stage as the US heads towards midterm elections in November.
Although the leaked draft is subject to change before it is made official, and it remains possible a justice could shift their vote, the document is a strong indication of the direction the court is heading in its decision.