USA: nationwide demonstrations for access to legal abortion

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Major protests were recorded in Washington, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Austin

March in Brooklyn, New York (REUTERS / Caitlin Ochs)
March in Brooklyn, New York (REUTERS / Caitlin Ochs)

Thousands of people across the US are demonstrating for access to legal and safe abortion. The planned coast-to-coast protests resulted in the United States Supreme Court’s symbolic lawsuit “Roe vs. Wade, who in 1973 guaranteed legal access to abortion nationwide.

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“Our bodies are our own, otherwise we cannot truly be free or equal,” says a petition from the Banning Our Bodies movement, organized by groups such as Planned Parenthood and the Women’s March.

    Washington DC.
Washington DC.
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“Some politicians across the country are trying to make decisions on our behalf and about our bodies,” he says. “We will not let the increasing abortion bans in the country risk our lives and our future, and we will not remain silent while our fundamental right to control our bodies is taken away,” the letter said.

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Performances were recorded in the cities of New York, Chicago, Washington (east), Los Angeles (west), and Austin (south). among others, in addition to hundreds of small mobilizations around the country.

demonstration in Washington
demonstration in Washington

The leak of the yet-to-be-final draft sparked anger over the possible withdrawal of procedural rights ahead of the crucial midterm elections in November, when control of both houses of Congress will be at stake.

Democratic executives took measures to convert abortion rights into federal law, in an attempt to weaken Republicans on a deeply divisive issue ahead of the election.

Abortion rights advocates argue that the Supreme Court's Roe v.  Wade on May 14, 2022 in Washington, United States.  (REUTERS / Amira Karaoud)
Abortion rights advocates argue that the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade on May 14, 2022 in Washington, United States. (REUTERS / Amira Karaoud)

The Law on the Protection of Women’s Health (below), approved by the House of Representatives, guarantees the right of health personnel to have abortions and the patients’ right to have abortions. However, Republicans operating in the US Senate refused to vote on the measure earlier this week.

The Show in Los Angeles, California (REUTERS / Aude Guerrucci)
The Show in Los Angeles, California (REUTERS / Aude Guerrucci)

Republican-controlled states have taken steps to restrict abortion rights in recent months, and repealing the 1973 rule would have given them more freedom to restrict or ban clinical procedure.

The right to access abortion has always aroused activism, but the leaking of the Supreme Court’s assessment caused a backlash in demonstrations, even in front of judicial headquarters.

Emilia Knighton (REUTERS/Alyssa Pointer) pregnant abortion rights protester in Atlanta, Ga.
Emilia Knighton (REUTERS/Alyssa Pointer) pregnant abortion rights protester in Atlanta, Ga.

Activists responded by pointing to years of violent protests outside abortion clinics and doctors’ homes, while most peaceful protests sparked criticism from Republicans about court members’ privacy rights.

And many cited the pending Supreme Court ruling as an even greater breach of privacy.

in New York (REUTERS / Eduardo Munoz)
in New York (REUTERS / Eduardo Munoz)

The leaked opinion is from progressives and Democrats, “Row v. Wade” would not be the only historic resolution that could be repealed in the future.

Source: Info Bae

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