Right to abortion | Demonstrators are calling for stronger defenses

(Washington) “Get up, Joe Biden! About a thousand people gathered outside the White House on Saturday to ask the President to be more vigorous in defending abortion rights.

Updated yesterday at 7:54pm.

To screams of “My body, my choice!” ‘, this mostly female demonstration made a short trip through the streets of the American capital, under a drizzle that turned into a downpour to end in front of the emblematic pillared building.

Where Joe Bide hasn’t been: He’s spending the weekend at his beach house in Delaware, several hundred miles away.

That didn’t stop Becca, 37, who preferred to use only her first name, from driving more than two hours to come and sing “Get up Joe Biden” while holding up a sign that reads “Abortion on request and without apologies” demands .


PHOTO JOSHUA ROBERTS, REUTERS

What does she expect from the 79-year-old Democrat? “Let him fix it!” She exclaims, “I don’t want the world my grandmother lived in. »

“The decree he issued was not enough,” she says, referring to a text signed by the US President on Friday that contains some limited measures on access to voluntary abortion.

Behind her, protesters hang green scarves from the railings at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, commemorating Argentine women’s fight for abortion rights.

“He really needs to explore the full extent of executive power to ensure women retain their rights,” says Christine, 50.

“I’m here to make sure my daughters aren’t taken back 50 years to the days of clandestine abortions,” the mother-of-three young girls said just before protesters quietly left the scene, immediately replaced by tourists taking pictures of the signs left there and the rain will start to wash away.

Since the very conservative Supreme Court struck down abortion rights across the United States on June 24, the Democratic president has been accused of not reacting vigorously enough.

Joe Biden argues that his executive powers are limited and that the best way to restore abortion rights, even in conservative states that have already abolished it, is to pass federal law.

To do this, voters would have to give the Democrats a solid majority in the general elections in November.

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