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USA: Americans take to the streets to defend the right to abortion

PublishedMay 14, 2022, 09:56 PM

Some 450 marches were organized on Saturday, especially in Washington, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, to protest against the Supreme Court, which could undermine the right to abortion.

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In Florida, as in many other US states, pro-choice protesters held a demonstration on Saturday in defense of abortion rights. There were about 2,500 of them in Fort Lauderdale.

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A human wave has swept across the broad avenues of Washington, where the Supreme Court will consider appealing the landmark Roe v. USA decision.  Wade

A human wave has swept across the broad avenues of Washington, where the Supreme Court will consider appealing the landmark Roe v. USA decision. Wade” of January 1973, which defends the right of American women to terminate pregnancy.

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In Boston, a demonstrator with her sign reminds us that what goes on in her panties is her business.

In Boston, a demonstrator with her sign reminds us that what goes on in her panties is her business.

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Tens of thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday in the United States in defense of the right to abortion, threatened by the Supreme Court, which seems ready to go back fifty years after its historic decision to protect abortion. Around 450 parades are organized across the country, including major marches in Washington, New York, Chicago, Austin and Los Angeles.

“No one has the right to decide on someone else’s body,” says Hannah Williamson, a 20-year-old protester in Washington. “I fight for the rights of everyone.” In the crowd, demonstrators held pink placards reading “Hands Off Our Bodies”, others read “Supreme Court Wants to Kill Women”, “Make the Court Stop Working”, and before the procession.

The mayor of New York marched

In the capital, a parade of several thousand people should end in front of the Supreme Court building. In New York, a procession of about 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 (below). There were 5,000 in Houston, Texas, and a thousand in Louisville, Kentucky, a conservative southern state where only two family planning clinics provide abortions, organizers said. Several thousand people also demonstrated in Los Angeles.

The Supreme Court must decide on abortions before the end of June

Even if it is supported by the majority of the population, according to recent polls, the right to abortion has been a highly contentious social issue since the historic Roe v. Wade” of January 1973, which defends the right of American women to terminate pregnancy. The Supreme Court, now firmly rooted in conservatism, has been in turmoil since early May, and news site Politico published a proposed ruling that, if passed, would give U.S. states the power to ban or allow abortion.

By the end of June, she must make a decision on a Mississippi law that limits the legal time frame for an abortion. These terms are already limited in 23 states, and about 20 conservative states have already pledged to make it illegal, some even in cases of rape or incest. This will force women to travel thousands of miles to have an abortion.

Barbara Lee: “We won’t stop fighting”

Since the Politico revelations, every evening demonstrators shout their wrath in front of the American Temple of the Law, an imposing white marble building now protected by a fence. Others are protesting the cries of “my body, my choice” outside the home of conservative judges in the capital’s wealthy suburbs.

Elected Democrats in Congress have vowed to defend abortion rights in states where they have majorities. “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,” elected Barbara Lee, who has publicly discussed her past, said Friday. own clandestine abortion. .

The House of Representatives passed legislation last fall to guarantee access to abortions nationwide, but the text is blocked in the Senate, where Democrats do not have a sufficient majority.

(AFP)

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