National mobilization day in the United States to defend the right to abortion

Posted yesterday at 9:20pm, and updated yesterday at 10:07pm.

“Hands off our bodies!” » This is the slogan of the thousands of protesters who took to the streets of the United States on Saturday, May 14 to defend the right to abortion, threatened by a Supreme Court that appears ready to return, 50 years after its decision, the history of abortion protection.

We’re done with the attacks on abortion. Today we pretend to say it loud and clear: Don’t touch our bodies.on Saturday in a tweet from the Women’s March, one of the organizations behind this great Day of Action.

About 450 shows are staged across the country, including large ones in Washington, New York, Chicago, Austin, and Los Angeles. In the capital, the parade heads to the Supreme Court Building. Organizers said at least 17,000 people were expected to attend.

“court abortion”

They numbered 5,000 in Houston, Texas, according to organizers, and 1,000 in Louisville, Kentucky, a conservative state in the south where only two Planned Parenthood clinics perform abortions. Several thousand people demonstrated in Los Angeles.

In New York, the motorcade of about 3,000 people was led by Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as attorney Letitia James. Mayor Eric Adams was also among the crowd. The demonstrators carried pink banners with the words “Don’t touch our bodies”Others claimed ‘The Supreme Court wants to kill women’And “court abortion” And a big banner “Our Bodies, Our Abortions” It was placed in front of the procession.

Demonstrators gather at Cadman Plaza during a protest against abortion rights, Saturday, May 14, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Even if it is supported by the majority of the population, according to recent opinion polls, the right to abortion has been a very divisive social issue since the historic ruling. “Ro vs. Wade » January 1973, which protects the right of an American woman to terminate her pregnancy.

‘Very noisy minority’

The Supreme Court, which must issue its ruling by the end of June on a Mississippi law limiting legal deadlines for abortion, has been in turmoil since the beginning of May and it was revealed Politico news site of a draft ordinance, if adopted as is, that would give US states the right to prohibit or allow abortion.

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Abortion is already restricted in 23 Republican-led states, and more is awaiting a ruling from the Supreme Court, now firmly entrenched in the conservative trend, to follow that path. Twenty conservative states have already promised to make it illegal, even in cases of rape or incest, which would force women to travel thousands of miles to have an abortion.

Abortion rights activists gather at the Washington Monument before a march to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in Washington, May 14.
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Since the revelations of Politico, groups have come – more or less densely – every evening to shout their wrath in front of the American Temple of Law, an imposing white-marble building now protected by a fence. Some of the protesters are protesting against cries “My body, my choice” Even in front of the residence of conservative court judges in the capital’s affluent suburbs.

If the stop is canceled, “That would be awful.” Linda Covey, who represented Jane Roux at the time, who criticizes A ‘Very noisy minority’ Abortion opponents. Democrats elected in Congress, who have promised to protect the right to abortion in the states where they represent the majority, on Friday also called for a major mobilization by rallying on the steps of Congress facing the Supreme Court.

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Support from the economic world

“We will not stop fighting until everyone, and I mean everyone, has access to safe and legal abortions, regardless of income, zip code or race”promised elected official Barbara Lee, who in the past has openly discussed her secret abortion.

A picture of a woman written on it

Without the Supreme Court, options for protecting this right at the federal level are slim. Last fall, the Chamber voted on a law that would guarantee access to abortion nationwide. But this text does not currently pass the Senate stage, where the Democrats do not have a sufficient majority.

For progressives, support can also come from the economic world. More and more companies, which have avoided this topic for a long time, are taking a position in favor of the right to abortion with the emergence of a new generation of leaders with different expectations.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen also warned of the consequences ‘Very bad for the economy’ if it was “A woman’s right to decide when and whether she wants to have children” He was interrogated.

A protester for abortion rights, in Washington, May 14.

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 Emeritus Research Director at CERI-Sciences Po: “Triumph of Trumpism and these 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: “Abortion change bans high teen birth rate risks”

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