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Many Americans have been looking for answers since June 24, when the U.S. Supreme Court reversed its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, allowing states to restrict or outright ban abortion access and regressing women's rights in the country by 50 years. Google searches like "how to move to Canada from the U.S." have seen a particular surge, rivalling levels only seen six years ago when Donald Trump was elected president.

Google Trends shows the query reached peak popularity in November 2016, leading up to Trump's victory. Searches for "move to Canada" went from a rating of 13 to 100 in just two and a half hours, as ballot counts saw Trump solidify his lead over Clinton. Around the same time, Canada's immigration website crashed due to "a significant increase in the volume of traffic," according to an IRCC spokesperson.

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Several hundred people gathered outside the Montreal courthouse on Sunday afternoon for a pro-choice rally. The solidarity protest was organized by the Fédération du Québec pour le planning des naissances (FQPN) in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court's reversal of the federal right to abortion granted by its 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Today's gathering was one of several similar events outside courthouses in Longueuil, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Rimouski and Trois-Rivières

"It allowed us to externalize our anger," protester Émilie Giguère told MTL Blog, holding a sign that read, 'No uterus, no opinion.'

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday released a decision overturning the constitutional right to abortion first established by its landmark 1973 decision in the case of Roe v. Wade. According to the New York Times, 13 states could now move to ban abortion and 14 more could further restrict it.

The decision Friday received quick condemnation from Quebec politicians.

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News of a draft opinion suggesting the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision which guaranteed a federal right to abortion, has sent shockwaves throughout the country. Their impact is also crossing the border into Canada. Montreal leaders at all levels of government have taken to social media to denounce any possible ban on abortion.

In a May 4 tweet, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante added her "voice to those of all American women who demand that their right to control their own bodies be respected."

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