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After the Supreme Court's historic U-turn on abortion, American women tell AFP their strategy for keeping control of their bodies in a world where the right to terminate a pregnancy is n is no longer guaranteed.
Health issues have rendered Sarah Kratzer, 39, infertile. But this Texan is worried about her two daughters and her transgender son, aged 20, 19 and 15. “They have the right to decide: 'I want this child' or 'I don't want a child'”, she believes.
His southern state, with very conservative policies, has banned abortions from six weeks of pregnancy for months and is seeking to completely ban the procedure on its soil. Sarah Kratzer fears that elected officials will then go after the “morning after pills”, reviled by the most radical opponents of abortion.
As soon as the Supreme Court's draft judgment leaked at the beginning of May, it began to stockpile this emergency contraceptive, available without a prescription and marketed in self-service in pharmacies but also in many general stores.
These pills, which can be used up to 3 days after unprotected intercourse to prevent fertilization, expire after three or four years and Sarah Kratzer hopes that, by then, the right abortion will have been restored.
Otherwise, “I will go to other countries to buy some and I will find a way to bring them back”, says the one who has also bought ovulation tests and pregnancy tests for her children, two of whom are already on contraceptives .
Like her, many American women have been rushing for “morning after pills” in recent weeks, so drugstore chain CVS has limited purchases to avoid shortages.< /p>
Kayla Pickett, a 22-year-old nursing student, lives with her boyfriend in Akron, Ohio, a conservative northern state where abortion rights are already heavily restricted. The couple plan to move next year to Colorado, which has more progressive laws, and to emigrate as soon as they can afford it.
“We are both African Americans and we want to live in a state in which we will have rights”, explains the young woman who, while waiting to leave Ohio, had an IUD implanted in a family planning center.
On the pill since she was fifteen, she opted last week for this longer-lasting contraceptive – from 5 to 10 years – for fear that the Supreme Court would also reverse the right to contraception, as one suggested. of its judges.
“I want to be ready for anything,” says Kayla Pickett.
When Meagan McKernan, 33 years old, learned of the reversal of the Supreme Court, she felt fear and anger, but also “relief” because she had anticipated this decision.
An employee of an internet auction company, she does not want to have children and started the process in the spring to have her tubes tied. Her preoperative consultation is scheduled for July 9.
In May, mistakenly believing that she was pregnant, she had felt “terror”: “I needed a permanent solution to never feel that again. again,” she says, admitting to having “the privilege” of being able to afford an operation that can cost the patient up to $6,000.
Meagan McKernan is also lucky to live in Connecticut, north of New York, where women's rights seem safe. Cautious, she nevertheless prefers to have her back covered: “I don't want to lose any of my rights to choose what is best for me”.
In the same logic, the American press has reported that the demands information for vasectomy — a surgical procedure that sterilizes men — has increased since the June 24 shutdown.