Tears of joy and rage as the constitutional right to abortion ends

The day that carved a line between the past and the future turned out to be a summer Friday in June,

a day long awaited by some and much feared by others,

the day that marked the end of nearly 50 years of a constitutional right to abortion in the United States.

For abortion opponents, the Supreme Court’s decision Friday to overturn Roe v.

Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion in 1973, was met with celebration.

There were tears of joy, grateful prayers, holidays from work.

For supporters of abortion rights, there was grief and rage and grim determination.

By evening, demonstrations had erupted in cities across the country,

with protesters vowing to fight for access to abortions just as prior generations of women once did.