In early May, a draft majority decision written by conservative Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito leaked to the press, challenging the 1973 “Roe versus Wade” ruling, which guaranteed women access abortion, even in the most conservative states.
Last survivor of the legal battle that established the constitutional right to abortion in the United States, Linda Coffee is outraged at the idea that the Supreme Court could challenge this right almost 50 years later.
“It’s going to be horrible,” predicted the 79-year-old lady, who at the time represented Jane Roe, a pregnant woman wishing to have a voluntary termination of pregnancy (IVG).
According to her, abortion “will be very expensive for poor people… A lot of people cannot afford to fly,” she explains, adding that millions of American women could end up in hundreds or even thousands kilometers from the nearest medical center performing abortions. Especially those living in Florida, South Texas or Mississippi.
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A feeling shared by the prestigious scientific journal The Lancet. “The fact is that if the Supreme Court of the United States upholds this draft, women will die,” reads his editorial published on his site. “In the United States, black women have an unintended pregnancy rate that is twice that of non-Hispanic white women. And the maternal mortality rate for black women, for which unsafe abortions are a significant factor, is nearly three times that of white women,” the review continues.
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And to wonder: “What kind of society has the United States become when a small group of judges are authorized to hurt women, families and their communities, even though they were elected to protect them? »
The Supreme Court, which has been deeply overhauled by Donald Trump, must render a long-awaited decision before June 30 on a Mississippi law that limits the legal time limits for abortion. If this conclusion is accepted by the Court, the United States will return to the situation before 1973 when each state was free to prohibit or authorize abortion.