USA ⋅ Numerous people have gathered in the US capital Washington and other cities in the country to demonstrate for abortion rights. In Washington, several thousand people came together on Saturday afternoon (local time) on the National Mall promenade. They then wanted to run to the country’s Supreme Court. There were also protests in other cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Hundreds of demonstrations were announced for Saturday across the country. Several organizations had called for people to take to the streets.
There is no federal law in the United States that allows or prohibits abortion. However, abortions are permitted at least until the fetus is viable – today around the 24th week. The basis for this is a judgment by the US Supreme Court in 1973. At the beginning of May, the magazine “Politico” published a draft of the reasoning for the Supreme Court’s judgement. He shows that the US Supreme Court is about to overturn this liberal abortion law in the US. In the absence of federal legislation, the states would have jurisdiction. Numerous conservative-governed states want to largely ban abortion.
A speaker in Washington announced a “summer of anger”. “Abortion is health care” or “My body, my decision” was written, for example, on the demonstrators’ signs. “It was a slow process of disappointment. Little by little we got used to the idea that we could lose our rights,” said protester Leslie, who is from the capital area. She couldn’t imagine going back to a time when abortion was illegal and dangerous again. (sda/dpa)