Great day of mobilization to defend the right to abortion in the United States

Great day of mobilization to defend the right to abortion in the States States


“Hands off our bodies!”: Thousands of protesters take to the streets of the United States on Saturday to defend the right to abortion, threatened by the Supreme Court which seems ready to go back , 50 years after its historic decision to protect abortion.

“We are done with the 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.

< p>Some 450 processions are held across the country, including large marches in Washington, New York, Chicago, Austin and Los Angeles. 

In the capital, the parade is due to start at 2 p.m. local time (6 p.m. GMT), to head towards the Supreme Court building. At least 17,000 people are expected, organizers say.

Even if it is supported by a majority of the population, according to recent polls, the right to abortion has been a very divisive social issue since the historic Roe v. Wade of January 1973, which protects the right of American women to terminate their pregnancies.

The Supreme Court, which must render its decision, by the end of June, on a Mississippi law limiting the legal time limits for abortion , has been in turmoil since early May and news site Politico revealed a proposed ruling that, if passed as is, will grant US states the right to ban or allow abortions .

Abortion is already restricted in 23 Republican-led states, and more are awaiting the Supreme Court's decision, now firmly entrenched in conservatism, to follow that path. 

About 20 'Conservative states have already promised to make it illegal, certain even in the case of rape or incest, which would force women to travel several thousand miles to have an abortion.

Since the revelations of Politico, groups – more or less dense – come every evening to shout their anger in front of the American temple of law, an imposing white marble building now protected by a fence.

“ My body, my choice”

And some demonstrators protest by shouting “my body, my choice” even outside the home of conservative judges of the Court in the affluent suburbs of the capital.

If the judgment is canceled, “it will be horrible”, predicted to AFP Linda Coffee, who represented Jane Roe at the time, and who today castigates a “very vocal minority” of opponents to the abortion.

The elected Democrats in Congress, who have promised to protect the right to abortion in the states where they are in the majority, also called on Friday for a large-scale mobilization by gathering on the steps of Congress which faces the Supreme Court.

“We are going to fight until everyone – and I mean everyone – has access to safe and legal abortions, regardless of income, zip code or ethnicity,” pledged the elected Barbara Lee, who has in the past publicly spoken about her own clandestine abortion.

Without the Supreme Court, the options for protecting this right at the federal level are slim. The Chamber did vote last fall for a law guaranteeing access to abortion throughout the country. But this text is unable, for the time being, to pass the stage of the Senate, where the Democrats do not have a sufficient majority.

For the progressives, support could also come from the economic world . More and more companies, which have long avoided the subject, are taking a stand for abortion rights with the emergence of a new generation of leaders with different expectations.

The Secretary of the Treasury , Janet Yellen, also warned of the “very detrimental consequences there could be on the economy” if the “right of women to decide when and if they want to have children” was called into question. p>

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