In the United States, these states could reverse abortion

UNITED STATES – The announcement had the effect of a crushing blow. According to the serious information revealed by the American site Politico this Monday, May 2, the United States could reconsider abortion, signing a historic setback for women’s rights in the country.

If the Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe v. Wade, as the draft of a majority decision written by conservative Justice Samuel Alito suggests, many states could choose to embrace this rollback. “We believe that Roe v. Wade must be annulled”, writes Samuel Alito in this document about this judgment dating from 1973 and which establishes the right to abortion in the United States.

Concretely, this positioning would allow nearly half of the American states – already in favor of this idea – to immediately or partially make the practice of abortion illegal on their soil, as you can see on the map below.

Four American states have already come out against abortion before these revelations: Montana, Nebraska, Indiana and Florida, in orange on the map. Some have even already implemented restrictive measures such as eliminating family planning centres.

13 States in the starting blocks

States prepared to revert to pre-1973 status include Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota , Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. They are in red on the map.

For these 13 states, abortion could immediately become illegal if the conclusion of the Supreme Court, as presented in the article written by Samuel Alito, is finally recorded. Negotiations on the text must take place until June 30 before it is possibly formalized.

Conversely, the states recognized as “friendly” to abortion are generally Oregon, Washington, California and the state of New York.

Joe Biden reacted on Tuesday afternoon by calling on Americans to vote in the legislative elections next November in order to defend the “fundamental” right to abortion, if it were to be challenged by the American Supreme Court.

“It will be up to our nation’s elected officials, at all levels, to protect women’s right to choose. And it will be up to voters to choose candidates in favor of abortion rights in November, the Democratic president said in a statement.

A victory for Donald Trump?

Far from being finalized, this project nevertheless remains a strong source of concern for all defenders of women’s rights. This historic setback would signify a long-term victory for Donald Trump and American conservatives.

During his visit to the White House, Donald Trump had brought three new conservative magistrates into the Supreme Court, thus offering a strong majority to his camp within this high institution.

And it is not the recent appointment of Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman appointed to the Supreme Court, that will change the situation. Despite his nomination by Joe Biden, the conservatives keep the majority with six seats out of the nine on the Supreme Court.

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