“Don’t touch our bodies!”: Tens of thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday in the United States to defend the right to abortion, threatened by the Supreme Court. It seems ready to go back, 50 years after its historic decision to protect abortion.
Some 450 parades are organized across the country, including large marches in Washington, New York, Chicago, Austin and Los Angeles. “No one has the right to make a decision about someone else’s body,” Hanna Williamson, a 20-year-old protester in Washington, told AFP. “I fight for the rights of everyone”.
In the crowd, demonstrators held pink signs reading “Hands off our bodies”, others proclaimed “The Supreme Court wants to kill women”, “Make the Court have abortions” and a large banner “Our bodies, our abortions ” was placed in front of the procession.
Viesha Floyd, 31, says she is protesting “for women of generations to come”. “When it comes to women, mind your own business,” she told members of Congress who oppose a federal law protecting abortion. “Let us make that decision, let it be our choice,” she adds.
In the capital, the parade of several thousand people must end in front of the Supreme Court building. In New York, the procession of some 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.
They were 5,000 in Houston, Texas, according to the organizers, and a thousand in Louisville, Kentucky, a conservative state in the South where only two clinics of the Planned Parenthood organization perform abortions. Several thousand people also demonstrated in Los Angeles.
Even if it is supported by a majority of the population, according to recent polls, the right to abortion has been a very divisive social issue since the historic “Roe v. Wade” decision of January 1973, which protects the right of American women to terminate their pregnancies.
The Supreme Court, now firmly entrenched in conservatism, has been in turmoil since early May and the revelation by the Politico news site of a draft ruling which, if adopted as is, will grant American states the right to prohibit or authorize abortions.
She must make her decision by the end of June on a Mississippi law limiting the legal deadlines for an abortion. These deadlines are already restricted in 23 states and twenty conservative states have already promised to make it illegal, some even in cases of rape or incest.
This would force women to travel thousands of miles to get abortions. Since the revelations of Politico, demonstrators shout their anger every evening in front of the American temple of law, an imposing white marble building now protected by a fence.
“My body, my choice”
Others protest to cries of “my body, my choice” outside the home of conservative Court judges in the capital’s affluent suburbs. If the judgment is canceled, “it will be horrible” predicted to AFP Linda Coffee, who at the time represented Jane Roe, and who today castigates a “very vocal minority” of opponents to abortion .
The elected Democrats in Congress have promised to protect the right to abortion in the States where they are in the majority. “We won’t stop fighting until everyone, and I mean everyone, has access to safe and legal abortions, regardless of income, zip code or ethnicity,” said Friday the elected Barbara Lee, who in the past has publicly discussed his own clandestine abortion.
The House of Representatives passed a law last fall guaranteeing access to abortion throughout the country, but this text is blocked in the Senate, where the Democrats do not have a sufficient majority.
Support also comes from the economic world, which has long avoided this subject. More and more young business leaders are taking a stand for the right to abortion. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen also warned of “very damaging economic consequences” if women’s “right to decide when, and if, they want to have children” were undermined.
This article has been published automatically. Sources: ats / afp