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US lawmakers embark on long-running fight over abortion


For the third day in a row, abortion rights supporters rallied to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down what many considered a vested right. A candlelight vigil was scheduled for Sunday evening outside the High Court, near the Capitol.

In a country fragmented between States which have already denied or will soon deny the right to abortion, which had been guaranteed since 1973, and those which will maintain it, even strengthen it, differences of opinion have sometimes turned into scuffle during protests over the weekend, prompting dozens of arrests.

Total ban in Missouri

Within hours Friday, at least eight states immediately made all abortions illegal and seven more planned to do the same over the next few weeks.

Missouri was the first state to pull the trigger with a total ban, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

Republican Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson told NBC that his state, where a similar measure was passed, and other states should now work to provide support for mothers and newborns. born by developing adoption services.

The conservative welcomed the return of abortion decisions to states, but opposed any Republican Party effort to ban abortion at the federal level or to try to reduce access to contraception.

In Arkansas, the right to contraception is important. He is recognized. We won’t touch it. »

A quote from Asa Hutchinson, Republican Governor of Arkansas

Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, meanwhile, called the “abandonment of Roe v. Wade” from wonderful news for the defense of lifebut she added to expect a lot of debates and discussions in his state and elsewhere about upcoming legislation.

She said she was in favor of laws prohibiting telemedicine abortionsan allusion to the abortion pills prescribed in teleconsultation, a practice approved by the American drug agency, the FDA.

Legal process in Utah

For their part, supporters of the right to abortion quickly mobilized. family planning organization Planned Parenthood launched legal proceedings in Utah on Saturday to try to block the automatic implementation of a law that would ban almost all abortions and criminalize health professionals who practice it.

In Wisconsin, where an 1849 law is in danger of coming into force prohibiting abortion except for women whose lives are at stake, Democratic Governor Tony Evers has promised to pardon any doctor who is prosecuted.

In the state of Michigan, whose Congress is controlled by Republicans, Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer promised to to fight with all one’s might to protect women’s rights. She, too, went to court to prevent the implementation of a law that would ban abortion.

Go to a state where abortion will remain legal

On CNN, Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, Stacey Abrams, noted that her state would ban all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy in the coming days. It’s appalling and it’s a mistake, and if I’m elected governor, I’ll do everything I can to reverse this.

In the states where the laws are the strictest, women will have the choice between keeping the baby, undergoing a clandestine abortion, obtaining abortion pills or going to a state where abortion will remain legal.

For elected progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, nightmare situations will multiply.

Forcing women to continue pregnancies against their will will kill them, it will kill them. »

A quote from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic Representative in the House of Representatives

She suggested that the Biden administration open family planning clinics on federal land in states that ban abortion.

Majority against Supreme Court decision

According to a poll released Sunday by CBS, a majority of Americans disapprove of the Supreme Court’s decision: 59% of respondents and 67% of women oppose it.

In addition, 52% of respondents said they considered it a setback for the United States, while 3% considered it an advance.

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