‘Life is precious’: In Pennsylvania, Donald Trump supporters are excited by the possibility of the Supreme Court overturning abortion rights in a landslide political victory for the Republican.
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The topic is omnipresent in the crowd gathering in the pouring rain in Greensburg for a meeting of the ex-president, who is flirting more and more openly with the possibility of a return to the race for the White House.
“I’m a Christian and I don’t think our world is going in the right direction,” Nicole Rye, 45, told AFP.
For several years, this woman from Florida has been crossing America with her husband to the rhythm of Donald Trump meetings. “Trump 2024” and stickers filled with bird names pointing at Joe Biden.
“God offers us children as a blessing,” assesses this woman sweatshirt red, immensely grateful that Donald Trump has anchored the Supreme Court in conservatism, which rules big societal issues.
“I have a past,” she admits with tears in her eyes. “Here we are, the women who were there, the women who know,” she sobs, hinting that she herself has had abortions in the past.
And catch up. “But life is life, and I firmly believe that.”
“So I’m telling you, that’s not an option.”
“Who tells you that by aborting a baby we haven’t just ended the days of the next Einstein or a doctor who could cure cancer?” adds Leroy Kinnan, who is accompanying his daughter to her first meeting with Donald Trump.
The 47-year-old, who lives in the area, believes abortion is now used “as a contraceptive” and wants it banned except in cases of rape or incest.
If the Supreme Court overturned the case law that has established abortion rights in the United States since 1973, as the unveiling of a draft judgment this week suggested, every state would be free to ban or allow abortion. About 20 conservative states have already promised to make it illegal.
In an increasingly divided America, that right is as fiercely defended by Democrats as it is attacked by Republicans.
But perhaps anxious not to declare victory too soon, Donald Trump contented himself with raising the issue during his meeting and boasted in front of ten thousand supporters that he had upset the balance of the Supreme Court under his presidency. “You’re about to make a very important decision,” he said simply.
The Republican billionaire is in Pennsylvania to support a number of Republicans running in midterm elections scheduled for November, which are expected to be a central issue.
Jason Killmeyer, candidate for the House of Representatives, wanders the muddy corridors of the convention center where the meeting is taking place.
“800,000 dead babies a year is too many,” he says, referring to the annual number of abortions in the United States that occurs according to several research institutes, and echoing a common argument by anti-abortionists who believe fetuses are already dead people are .
With a strong desire to “wage culture wars” against the left, he promises to include the abortion ban in federal law if elected.
John Roan, 52, who adopted six children between the ages of 8 and 27 with his wife, also wants that.
“We think life is precious,” says the man in the khaki cap. Besides Donald Trump, he assures us, “there is still a fight to be fought”.