‘Leave my body alone’: On Saturday, tens of thousands of women demonstrated in the American streets to defend the right to abortion, targeted by an unprecedented conservative attack in the United States.
“Women are human beings in their own right and we should be treated as such. We should be able to decide what we want to do with our bodies, period,” says Laura Buchowitz, 66, a retired teacher who came to demonstrate in Washington for this new edition of the Women’s March .
“I’m sick of people telling me what I can do or what I can’t do (…) Do you hear that, Supreme Court?”, she exploded.
And there have been few protests so far since the entry into force of a Texas law on Sept. 1, effectively banning all abortions in this sprawling state, unleashing a veritable judicial guerilla and counter-attack in Congress.
But two days before hearings resume in the US Supreme Court, which will be the arbiter in the struggle, nearly 200 organizations finally called for abortion rights advocates to be heard across the country.
The main event was held in Washington, where nearly 10,000 people gathered, and protesters carried banners “Take care of your womb” or “legalize abortion” to advance a march to the Supreme Court that, nearly 50 years after recognizing the right of American women to have an abortion, His mentor Roe v. Wade, looks ready to engage in reverse gear.
In the Supreme Court, protesters met with a counter-demonstration. A series of riot police kept the two groups at bay.
The jurisdiction, which former President Donald Trump deeply reformed (2017-2021), has refused to urgently intervene to block Texas law and could take advantage of a review of restrictive Mississippi law to influence its jurisprudence.
Gatherings were also held in the capitals of these two conservative states, Austin and Jackson, as well as in New York and in more than 600 cities in the country.
The regulators wrote in a statement calling on Congress to enshrine the right to abortion in federal law, in order to protect it from the possibility of abortion. Reverse the Supreme Court.
A bill to that effect was adopted a week ago in the House of Representatives, in the hands of Democrats, but it has no chance of success in the Senate where Republicans have a stalled minority.
In 2017, the first “Women’s March” was organized immediately after the inauguration of Donald Trump and brought together millions of opponents of the billionaire Republican accused of sexism.
Subsequent editions were less successful, in part due to internal disagreement over accusations of anti-Semitism against an official in the organization.
This page appears to have been turned: “This year, we are uniting,” he assures the organization, which includes a large coalition of small feminists, local or community, as the family planning giant for Planned Parenthood.
“We will take to the streets for the first time under Biden, because change in the Oval Office has not put an end to the politicized, perverted, and patriarchal desire to control our bodies,” she adds. A reference to the election of Democrat Joe Biden in 2020 to the White House, which did not change the dynamics at the state level.
Conversely, prompted by the entry of three justices selected by Donald Trump to the Supreme Court, elected conservative local officials have embarked on a real onslaught against abortion: Since January 1, 19 states have adopted 63 laws restricting access to abortion.
If the court were to rule out the case of Roe v. Wade, every state would be free to ban or allow abortion. 36 million women in 26 states, or nearly half of American women of childbearing age, are likely to lose the right to an abortion, according to a Planned Parenthood report released Friday.
Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood, told protesters in Washington the story of a Texas woman who had to travel 1,600 miles to have an abortion — alone because she feared anyone who helped her would be prosecuted.
“No matter where you are, this battle is at your doorstep today,” she said. “It’s a dark moment, but that’s what we’re here for.”
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