A few days before the vote | Democrats defend abortion rights

(Washington) American Democrats on Sunday showed their determination to defend abortion rights threatened by the Supreme Court during a – mainly symbolic – vote in the Senate this week.

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The Supreme Court has “slapped” women and disrespected their ability to choose “the moment” to start a family and the “size” of the latter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned on CBS Television.

“This is something so serious, personal and disrespectful to women. »

On Wednesday, the Senate is scheduled to vote on federal legislation guaranteeing abortion rights, according to House Democrat Chairman Chuck Schumer.

This vote was primarily intended to be of a symbolic nature. The majority of Democrats there is too narrow to accept such a text – they would need a majority increased by 60 out of 100 votes.

The only other option currently available to pro-choice advocates would be to change Senate rules to pass such a bill by a simple majority. But Republicans and a handful of elected officials from Joe Biden’s camp reject this scenario for the time being.

Despite everything, Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has vowed to fight to keep abortion rights and pledged “not to give up”. “It’s the biggest fight of a generation. »

“After this decision we would be semi-citizens. And if it becomes law, it will change the fundamentals of America,” she told CNN.

Anti-abortion Republican-elect Nancy Mace advocated a rape exception.

Nancy Mace told CBS that she herself was raped and that, given the “physical, emotional trauma,” the decision should be made by the woman involved, “her doctor,” and “God.”

If the Supreme Court overturned the case law that established the right to abortion since 1973, each state would be free to prohibit or authorize abortion. Half of them, mostly in the conservative and religious South and Center, are expected to go that route.

Mississippi (South) will ban it except in cases of rape or threatening the life of the mother, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves confirmed to NBC.

Looking ahead to the next steps, he said the “pro-life” movement, as the anti-abortionists call themselves, should now prove that they are “not just anti-abortion” by helping expectant mothers and young children.

About 61% of Americans think abortion should be legal, according to a poll released this week by the Pew Research Institute.

But as with so many other social issues, the gap between Democrats and Republicans is wide, even more pronounced than it was fifteen years ago. For the former, 8 out of 10 people are in favour, almost twice as many as for the latter.

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