The United States: Key Preparations Before the Possible End of the Right to Abortion

Odelle Chalet prepares for the “worst”. At the helm of an organization that helps American women have abortions outside their state, it is “doubling its efforts” in anticipation of a Supreme Court ruling that could make its services even more important.

• Read also: Medical Abortion: Better Access to Abortion Pills Please!

• Read also: The Right to Abortion: Demonstration in Front of the US Consulate in Quebec

The leak in early May of a draft decision from the country’s highest court had the effect of a bombshell: its conservative majority seemed ready to bury the Roe v. Wade who has guaranteed, since 1973, a woman’s right to voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion) in the United States.

Then countries would be completely free to allow or ban abortions on their soil.

A final decision is expected by June 30.

As the deadline approaches, big moves among abortion rights advocates and opponents are accelerating in anticipation of what they call a “post-Ro world,” with America split into two clans.

Odile Chalet’s organization, Brigid’s alliance, will bridge the gap. It is preparing for heavy flows.

“We’re recruiting as much as we can, we’re doing awareness campaigns, and we’re trying to increase our list of donors,” she tells AFP.

His team now includes ten employees, organizing and financing the monthly trips for approximately 125 women who have passed the legal deadline for obtaining an abortion in their state.

Odelle Chalet has hired six employees to assist up to 200 women per month by the end of the year.

See also  Cyclorama crumbles under the bills and demands of Quebec

But she admits, if Roe falls, “we won’t be able to meet all the needs.”

However, it has recently seen a jump in donations.

New Yorkers even organized a fundraiser for the Brigid Alliance by selling donuts.

“It is heartening to see the support expressed since the closure plan leaked.”

Laws Known As “Zombies”

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 22 of the 50 US states, mostly in the conservative and religious south and the center of the country, are ready to ban abortions once the Supreme Court makes a decision.

Nine countries have kept in their arsenal laws adopted before 1973 to ban abortions, which can be immediately reinstated.

Thirteen (four of them also in the first group) have recently adopted so-called “zombie” or “zombie” laws that are inactive but will come into force almost automatically if the higher judges modify their jurisprudence.

In addition, four countries have provisions prohibiting abortion from six weeks of pregnancy.

They will be banned in court, and they will be able to take action if the legal framework changes.

So, democratic coastal states, where abortion will remain legal, are preparing to flock to their clinics.

To address this, Connecticut and Delaware just increased the number of professionals licensed to perform abortions to include nurses and midwives.

For their part, California elected officials released $152 million to support access to abortions, and New York’s governor promised $35 million.

The powerful Planned Parenthood organization, which performs more than a third of the roughly 850,000 annual abortions in the United States, is strengthening the resources of its clinics in Colorado and Illinois, whose border states will likely ban abortions.

See also  Summer vacations: regions popular with Quebecers

“I want to help”

Ordinary citizens are also mobilizing.

Online discussion forum reddit It has been home since May 2019 to a group of “aunts” ( aunts) who offer their assistance anonymously to women wishing to have an abortion.

Since May, the number of members has increased from 45 to more than 75,000.

“I’m in my 60s, retired, and really want to help,” writes an aunt from central Tennessee, offering to relocate women from neighboring states.

“It is wonderful, we will need more hands,” commented Odile Chalet, while calling on these good Samaritans to turn instead to organized organizations “in order to avoid further chaos.”

Abortion opponents have already in recent years doubled down on “pregnancy crisis centers” where they lure – by playing on the ambiguity of their names – women wanting to have an abortion to try to dissuade them.

Final preparations are being made around the abortion pill, which today accounts for half of all abortions in the United States.

They are easy to buy on the Internet via websites established abroad, and can be used without much risk until ten weeks of pregnancy.

Realizing that the presence of these pills reduces the scope of their ban, many conservative states are seeking a response.

That’s why Kentucky and South Dakota recently banned mailing of these pills.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.