Dozens of people gathered outside the Supreme Court in Washington in the middle of the day, and protests are planned across the country, including in states that used the Supreme Court ruling to outright ban abortion on their soil.
While clinics in Missouri, South Dakota or Georgia closed their doors one after the other, democratic states like California or New York pledged to defend access to voluntary abortion (cancellation) on their floor.
This revolution was sparked by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn its landmark ruling
deer v. wade which has guaranteed American women’s right to abortion since 1973 and is now respected by the majority of its judges
President Joe Biden, who immediately denounced one
tragic mistakehe said on Saturday before flying to Europe to find out
how painful and devastating this decision is for many Americans.
On Friday, the President urged Americans to defend abortion rights in next November’s midterm elections.
In Missouri, where abortion was immediately banned, including in cases of rape or incest, protesters gathered in St. Louis outside the state’s last abortion clinic.
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Women died during an abortionremembered Pamela Lukehart, a 68-year-old protester.
We have tried to protect women’s rights and women’s lives and now they are being taken away from us.
Other rights at risk
Supporters of abortion rights also fear that the Supreme Court, with a clearly conservative majority, will reverse other rights such as universal marriage or contraception.
worries us and
we will have nightmarish situationsconfirmed Saturday, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre aboard Air Force One.
It’s a scary moment.
Among Friday’s many demonstrations, two were marked by violence. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a van drove into a group of protesters, injuring a woman, according to local media.
And in Arizona, police have admitted using tear gas to disperse protesters
repeatedly banged on the windows of the State Senate.
A demonstration in Los Angeles was broken up by police officers armed with batons.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, a research center working to improve access to contraception and abortion worldwide, half of the states should ban abortion more or less in the short term.
Within hours of Friday, at least eight states immediately made all abortions illegal.
Seven others are planning to do the same in the next few weeks, but in fact the clinics there have already stopped working cancellationlike in texas where women who want a cancellation now has to travel hundreds of miles to get to the nearest clinic in New Mexico.
In one part of the country, women who want an abortion are forced to continue their pregnancy, behave in secret, particularly by purchasing abortion pills online, or travel to other states where cancellationwill remain legal.
Anticipating an influx, these mostly democratic states took steps to ease access to abortion on their soil, and clinics began to mobilize their human and equipment resources.
But travel is expensive, and the Supreme Court ruling will further penalize poor or single women, who are overrepresented in black and Hispanic minorities, abortion-right advocates stress.
The verdict crowns 50 years of a methodical struggle waged by the religious right, for which it represents a major victory but not the end of the struggle: the movement should continue to mobilize to bring as many states as possible into its camp, or to try got a federal ban.
It’s also part of the tally of former President Donald Trump, who during his tenure fundamentally overhauled the Supreme Court, bringing in three conservative justices to sign the ruling.