From Austin to New York, via Los Angeles, nearly 400 processions must parade this Saturday in the American streets to denounce the conservatism of the Supreme Court which threatens the right to abortion.
Thousands of demonstrators are expected this Saturday in the streets of the United States to defend the right to abortion, threatened by the Supreme Court which seems ready to go back, fifty years after its historic decision to protect abortion. According to the organizers of this day of action, no less than 400 processions are organized across the country, including large marches in Washington, New York, Chicago, Austin and Los Angeles.
Even if it is supported by a majority of the population, according to recent polls, the right to abortion has been a very divisive social issue since the historic judgment “Roe v. Wade” of January 1973, which protects the right of American women to terminate their pregnancies.
The Supreme Court has been in turmoil since early May and the revelation by the news site Politico of a draft decree which, if adopted as is, will grant American states the right to prohibit or authorize abortions. The judgment of the court must intervene by the end of June. The possibility of abortion is already restricted in 23 states led by Republicans and others are awaiting the decision of the high court, now firmly rooted in conservatism, to in turn limit abortions. Twenty conservative states have already promised to make it illegal, some even in cases of rape or incest, which would force women to travel several thousand kilometers to have an abortion.
“We won’t stop fighting”
The elected Democrats, who have promised to protect the right to abortion in the states where they are in the majority, also called on Friday for a large-scale mobilization by gathering on the steps of Congress facing the Supreme Court. “We will not stop fighting until everyone, and I mean everyone, has access to safe and legal abortions, regardless of income, zip code or ethnicity,” promised elected official Barbara Lee, who has in the past publicly spoken about her own clandestine abortion.
Without the Supreme Court, the options for protecting this right at the federal level are slim. The House of Representatives did vote in the fall for a law guaranteeing access to abortion throughout the country, but this text has not yet managed to pass the stage of the Senate, where the Democrats do not have by a sufficient majority.
For progressives, support could also come from the economic world. More and more companies, which have long avoided this subject, are taking a stand for 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 harmful to the economy” if the “women’s right to decide when, and if, they want to have children” was questioned.