Right to abortion | Great day of mobilization in the United States

(Washington) “Hands off our bodies! ‘: Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the United States on Saturday to defend abortion rights threatened by the Supreme Court, which appears poised to step back 50 years on its historic decision protecting abortion.

Posted at 10:03 am
Updated at 1:27 p.m

“We are done with attacks on abortion. We are demonstrating today to say it loud and clear: don’t touch our bodies,” said Women’s March in a tweet on Saturday, one of the organizations behind this great day of action.

Around 450 processions are organized across the country, including large marches in Washington, New York, Chicago, Austin and Los Angeles.


PHOTO EDUARDO MUNOZ, REUTERS

Rally in New York

In the capital, the parade is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and lead to the Supreme Court building. According to the organizer, at least 17,000 people are expected.

Although supported by a majority of the population, recent polls show that abortion rights have existed since the historic Roe v. Wade” of January 1973, protecting the right of American women to have an abortion.

The Supreme Court, which has until the end of June to make its decision on a Mississippi law limiting legal abortion deadlines, has been in turmoil since early May and the release of a draft judgment by news site Politico to ban or authorize abortion.

Abortion is already restricted in 23 Republican-run states, and more await the decision of the Supreme Court, now firmly entrenched in conservatism, to follow that path.

Some 20 conservative states have already promised to make it illegal, some even in cases of rape or incest, which would force women to travel thousands of miles for an abortion.

Every night since the Politico revelations, crowds of varying degrees have come to vent their anger in front of the American Legal Temple, an imposing white marble building now protected by a fence.

“My body, my choice”

And some demonstrators, chanting “My body, my choice,” are even protesting outside the home of conservative judges at the court in the capital’s affluent suburbs.

If the verdict is overturned, Linda Coffee, who then represented Jane Roe and now lashes out at a “very vocal minority” of anti-abortionists, said “it’s going to be awful”.


PHOTO FRANÇOIS PICARD, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Attorney Linda Coffee represented Jane Roe.

“We will not stop fighting until everyone, and I mean everyone, has access to safe and legal abortion, regardless of income, zip code, or ethnicity,” promised civil servant-elect Barbara Lee, who has publicly spoken about her own in the past Secrecy has spoken abortion.

Without the Supreme Court, the ability to protect this right at the federal level is slim. The chamber last fall voted in favor of legislation guaranteeing access to abortion across the country. But this text does not make it through the Senate stage for the time being, where the Democrats do not have a sufficient majority.

Support for progressives could also come from the corporate world. More companies that have long shied away from this issue are championing abortion rights with the emergence of a new generation of leaders with different expectations.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen also warned of “very damaging economic consequences” if “women’s right to decide when and if they want to have children” were undermined.

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