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Anger and protests by abortion rights activists in the United States


Dozens of people gathered in the middle of the day outside the Supreme Court in Washington, and protests are planned across the country, including in states that took advantage of the highest court’s ruling to immediately ban interruptions. of pregnancy on their soil.

While clinics in Missouri, South Dakota or Georgia closed their doors one after the other, Democratic states, such as California or New York, pledged to defend access to voluntary termination of pregnancy (Abortion) on their soil.

Abortion rights protesters shout their anger outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington.

Photo: Getty Images / ROBERTO SCHMIDT

This revolution was sparked by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn its landmark judgment Roe v. wade which, since 1973, guaranteed the right of American women to have an abortion, the majority of its judges considering it today totally unfounded.

President Joe Biden, who immediately denounced a tragic mistakesaid on Saturday, before flying to Europe, to know how painful and devastating this decision is for many Americans.

On Friday, the president called on Americans to defend the right to abortion during the midterm elections next November.

In Missouri, where abortion was immediately banned, including in cases of rape or incest, protesters gathered in St. Louis outside the state’s last abortion clinic.

BeforeWade”,”text”:”Roe c.Wade”}}”>Roe v. wade, women died during an abortionrecalled Pamela Lukehart, a 68-year-old protester. We tried to protect women’s rights, women’s lives, and now they’re being taken away from us.

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Other rights at risk

Defenders of the right to abortion also fear that the Supreme Court, with a clear conservative majority, will reverse other rights such as marriage for all or contraception.

This perspective worries us and we are going to have nightmarish situationsacknowledged Saturday the spokesperson for the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre, aboard Air Force One. It’s a scary moment.

Among the many demonstrations on Friday, two were marked by violence. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a van drove into a group of protesters and injured a woman, according to local media.

And in Arizona, police have admitted using tear gas to disperse protesters who repeatedly banged on the windows of the State Senate.

In Los Angeles, a demonstration was dispersed in a muscular way by police officers equipped with batons.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, a research center that campaigns for access to contraception and abortion around the world, half of the States should ban abortions in the more or less short term.

Within hours on Friday, at least eight states immediately made all abortions illegal.

Seven others are planning to do the same over the next few weeks, but in fact clinics there have already stopped performing Abortionas in Texas, the largest American state, where women who want a Abortion will now have to travel hundreds of miles to get to the nearest clinic in New Mexico.

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In one part of the country, women who wish to have an abortion will be forced to continue their pregnancy, to manage clandestinely, in particular by obtaining abortion pills on the Internet, or to travel to other States where Abortion will remain legal.

Anticipating an influx, these mostly Democratic states took steps to facilitate access to abortion on their soil, and clinics began to mobilize their staff and equipment resources.

However, traveling is expensive, and the Supreme Court’s ruling will further penalize poor or single-parent women, who are overrepresented in black and Hispanic minorities, abortion rights advocates point out.

The judgment crowns 50 years of a methodical struggle led by the religious right, for which it represents a huge victory but not the end of the battle: the movement should continue to mobilize to bring as many states as possible into its camp. or to try to get a federal ban.

It is also part of the record of former President Donald Trump who, during his mandate, profoundly overhauled the Supreme Court by bringing in three conservative magistrates who signed this judgment.

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