From the steps of Congress, Democrats urge America to mobilize for abortion – Science et Avenir

‘Don’t touch our bodies!’: Gathering in large numbers on the steps of the US Congress in front of the Supreme Court that could soon annul the right to abortion, elected Democrats on Friday urged America to mobilize ahead of major demonstrations scheduled for this weekend.

“We will not stop fighting until everyone, and I mean everyone, has access to safe and legal abortion, regardless of income, zip code or ethnicity,” promised Barbara Lee, a representative of the Democratic Party, who in publicly discussed her own secret abortion in the past.

If the Supreme Court were to strike down the case law that has supported the right to abortion in the United States since 1973, as evidenced by the May 2 release of the draft decision, every American state would be free to ban or permit abortion as it pleases. Twenty conservative states have already pledged to make it illegal, some even in cases of rape or incest.

“How can you tell a 12-year-old incest victim from Alabama that she can’t get the care she deserves?” said the pro-abortion group in the House of Representatives.

Without the Supreme Court, there is little chance that this right will be protected at the federal level. Last fall, the House voted in favor of legislation guaranteeing access to abortions nationwide. But this text cannot yet pass the stage of the Senate, where the Democrats have a very small majority.

In an effort to contribute to the debate, several major progressive organizations called on Americans to hold mass marches on May 14 across the United States.

Four major marches are taking place in Washington, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as hundreds of rallies across the rest of the country.

“Americans are demonstrating and making their voices heard,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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