CENTRAL LONDON, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – 2019/06/04: A performer from the group The Handmaids Tail holds a placard during the anti-Trump rally on the second day of the state visit of the American president to the UK. (Photo by Angeles Rodenas/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Echoing Busy Phillips’ plea to congress earlier this month, Londoners turned out in droves – tens of thousands in fact – to protest President Donald Trump’s views on abortion and immigration. Trump impersonators, women dressed as characters from Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and even dogs were among the demonstrators protesting to coincide with the President’s visit with the Royal Family.

At the same time and in an emotional testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee in the US, Phillips talked about having an abortion at 15 years old. “If I were that same 15-year-old in Arizona today, legally I would have to get parental consent,” she said. “I would be forced to undergo a medically unnecessary ultrasound, go to a state-mandated in-person counseling session designed solely to shame me into changing my mind and then take a state-mandated 24-hour time-out to make sure I really know what I wanted. And finally, I would be forced to give this state a reason why.”

“I am so sad that we have to sit here in front of a row of politicians and give deeply personal statements,” she continued. “Because the ‘why’ doesn’t matter. It should not matter. I am a human being that deserves autonomy in this country that calls itself free, and choices that a human being makes about their own bodies should not be legislated by strangers who can’t possibly know or understand each individual’s circumstances or beliefs.”

“This is my body. Not the state’s.”

See the most powerful images form today’s protest in London. While this was happening, Trump was awkwardly clinking glasses with Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton who reportedly refused a photo opportunity with him.

And with this, we keep pushing forward.

LONDON, UK, UNITED KINGDOM – 2019/06/04: Protesters hold placards during the anti-Trump rally at the Parliament Square as the US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet the British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband, Philip May in No10 Downing Street on the second day of the State Visit to the UK. (Photo by Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Donald Trump lookalike with chlorinated chicken dancers in Trafalgar Square during protests against the state visit of US President Donald Trump on 4th June 2019 in London, United Kingdom. Organisers Together Against Trump which is a collaboration between the Stop Trump Coalition and Stand Up To Trump, have organised a carnival of resistance, a national demonstration to protest against President Trumps policies and politics during his official UK visit. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 04: A man holds a painting of U.S. President Donald Trump in Trafalgar Square in Central London during a Together Against Trump rally to protest against the state visit of President Trump to the UK and his policies on June 4, 2019 in London, England. President Trump’s three-day state visit began with lunch with the Queen, followed by a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, whilst today he will attend business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 04: A man in a gorilla suit wearing a Donald Trump face mask stands in a cage during a Together Against Trump rally protesting against the state visit of President Trump to the UK and his policies on June 4, 2019 in London, England. President Trump’s three-day state visit began with lunch with the Queen, followed by a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, whilst today he will attend business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Thousands of people take part in Together Against Trump demonstration in Parliament Square on the second day of the US President’s three-day state visit to the United Kingdom on 04 June, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A male mime artist with a placard reading “Make Orwell Fiction Again during a demonstration against U.S. President Donald Trump’s state visit to the U.K on the 4th June 2019 in London in the United Kingdom. Day two of President Trump’s three-day state visit, which includes lunch with the Queen, a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (photo by Sam Mellish / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Protesters gather in Central London to demonstrate against U.S. President Donald Trump’s state visit to the U.K. on the 4th June 2019 in London in the United Kingdom. Day two of President Trump’s three-day state visit, which includes lunch with the Queen, a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (photo by Sam Mellish / In Pictures via Getty Images)
A giant “Trump Baby” balloon depicting the President of the United Stetes as an angry orange infant with a smartphone, is being inflated in Parliament Square on the second day of Donald Trump’s three-day state visit to the United Kingdom on 04 June, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Robin Pope/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

 

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