The Senate failed to pass a law ensuring this

The initiative was doomed to fail but she wanted to celebrate the occasion. At a time when the right to abortion has become severely threatened by a decision of the Supreme Court, the US Senate, on Wednesday, May 11, failed to adopt a law that would guarantee its access to all parts of the country.

This vote was symbolic above all, as Democrats did not get the 60 out of 100 votes necessary to advance this text. But it is part of a larger battle by progressives to try to protect the right to abortion.

At about 3 p.m. local time (9 p.m. in Paris), hundreds of senators in the U.S. Congress voted for or not to guarantee the right to abortion throughout the United States. “Today’s vote is one of the most important votes in the coming decades.”said, prior to the vote, the leader of the Senate Democrats, Chuck Schumer.

“Because for the first time in fifty years, a conservative majority, an ultra-majority of the Supreme Court is about to order that women no longer control their bodies”On the bicycle, he set the serious tone. The Republicans opposed the initiative as a whole, accusing the Democrats, through their leader Mitch McConnell, of wanting, with this provision, to propose Abortion on demand.

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Vote result criticized by Joe Biden

In the end, 49 senators voted for the text and 51 against it, Democrat Joe Manchin, already a gravedigger on many of Joe Biden’s key projects, galvanizing the Republican opposition.

The US president criticized the outcome of the vote, in a statement.

Republicans in Congress – none of whom voted for the bill – chose to oppose the right of American women to make the most personal decisions about their bodies, families and lives.

Joe Biden’s party wanted to organize this vote after the extraordinary leak, on May 2, of a draft resolution from the Supreme Court, according to which the American Legal Temple is preparing to abolish access to abortion.

If the Supreme Court overturns the case law that has established the right to abortion in the United States since 1973, as this week’s draft ruling was revealed, every state would be free to ban or allow abortion. Twenty conservative states have already promised to make it illegal.

for screams “My body, my choice”About thirty elected members of the House of Representatives, where this bill was successfully adopted in September, came to watch the Senate vote to challenge his failure. Within this group, several elected officials have publicly mentioned their abortions.

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Since the unveiling of this draft ruling, groups come – more or less densely – every evening to shout their wrath before the Supreme Court, an imposing white-marble building now protected by a fence.

Demonstration on May 14

The only other option currently available to abortion rights advocates is to change Senate rules to reduce the number of votes needed to pass such a bill.

Eager to influence the debate, several large progressive organizations called Americans to a mass rally on May 14 across the United States. Four major rallies were held in Washington, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and hundreds of rallies across the country.

US President Joe Biden also pledged to personally participate in the battle and urged Americans to do so Selecting the right candidates The right to abortion during the midterm legislative elections on November 8.

Thus he would like to increase the number of Democrats in the Senate, in the hope that he can then pass this federal law protecting access to abortion. But these elections are always so dangerous to the standing power, and the Democrats, on the contrary, are very likely to lose their meager majority in Congress during the polls.

Find our forums about the right to abortion in the United States

Eric Fassen, Professor of Sociology at the University of Paris 8: “Abortion is the end of a right”

Amandine Clafwood Director of the Observatory for Gender Equality at the Jean Jaures Foundation: “The Cold War against Women Never Ended”

Dennis Lacorne Director Emeritus of Research at CERI-Sciences Po: “The Triumph of Trumpism and those key proponents”

Esther Senna, Doctor of American Civilization: “Supreme Court Draft on Abortion Risks Disputing Other Developments in the Civil Rights Movement”

Stephen Oray Economics and Statistics Research Center, David Fuller, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, and clouds of Vandenbrooke, St. Louis, Missouri Fed: ‘Changing abortion bans risks boosts teen birth rate’

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