Thousands of people demonstrated this Saturday in USA for defend the right to abortionthreatened by the Supreme Court of Justice that seems willing to review its sentence of almost 50 years ago that protects the interruption of pregnancy.
Some 450 rallies were called across the country, including large marches in Washington, New York, Chicago, Austin and Los Angeles.
“Nobody has the right to make a decision about another person’s body,” Hanna Williamson, a 20-year-old protester in Washington, told AFP. “I fight for everyone’s rights.”
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In the crowd, protesters held pink signs reading “Hands off our bodies,” while others proclaimed “The Supreme Court wants to kill women” and “Abort the Court.” A large banner reading “Our bodies, our abortions” led the procession.
Viesha Floyd, 31, said she took to the streets “for the women of generations to come.”
“When it comes to women, mind your own business,” she said, referring to members of Congress who oppose a federal law protecting abortion.
In the capital, the march, which brings together several thousand people, is expected to end in front of the headquarters of the Supreme Court.
In New York, the procession of some 3,000 people was led by Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as City Attorney Letitia James. Mayor Eric Adams was also in the crowd.
In Houston, Texas, protesters numbered more than 5,000, according to organizers, and a thousand in Louisville, Kentucky, a conservative southern state where only two Planned Parenthood clinics perform abortions.
Several thousand people also mobilized in Los Angeles.
Although it has the support of the majority of the population, according to recent polls, the right to abortion has been a very divisive social issue since the historic decision “Roe v. Wade” January 1973, which protects the right of American women to terminate their pregnancies.
As revealed in early May by the Politico news site, the Court, currently with a conservative majority, is preparing to grant US states the right to prohibit or authorize abortions.
In late June, the highest court is due to rule on a Mississippi law that limits legal time limits for abortions. These deadlines are already restricted in 23 states and a score of conservative states have already promised to make terminations of pregnancies illegal, some even in cases of rape or incest.
This would force women to travel several thousand kilometers to have an abortion.
Following the Politico revelations, every afternoon women express their anger before the temple of law in Washington, an imposing white marble building now protected by fences.
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“My body, my choice”
Other women protest to the cry of “My body, my choice” in front of the home of the conservative judges of the Court, in the flirtatious suburbs of the capital.
If the 1973 ruling is overturned, “it will be horrible,” lawyer Linda Coffee, who represented Jane Roe at the time and today lambastes a “very vociferous minority” of abortion opponents, told AFP.
Democratic lawmakers have promised to protect abortion rights in states where they are in the majority.
“We won’t stop fighting until everyone, and I mean everyone, has access to safe and legal abortions, regardless of income, zip code or ethnicity,” Rep. Barbara Lee, who in the past She spoke publicly about her own clandestine abortion.
The House of Representatives voted last fall a lhey that ensures access to abortion throughout the countrybut the text is blocked in the Senate, where the Democrats do not have a sufficient majority.
For progressives, support also comes from the economic world. More and more young entrepreneurs are taking a stand in favor of abortion rights.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen also warned of “very damaging economic consequences” if the “right of women to decide when and if they want to have children” is undermined. (I)