Thousands Of Women Take To The Streets In The US In Favor Of Abortion

Thousands of women have taken to the streets of the main cities of the United States this Saturday to demonstrate in favor of legal abortion throughout the country, given the possibility that the Supreme Court will soon knock down the constitutional protection of this right.

All eyes are on the highest judicial instance since a draft sentence was leaked two weeks ago in which the conservative majority of the court is inclined to suppress the “Roe versus Wade”, as the jurisprudence that since 1973 protects the abortion across the country.

“It would be devastating and terrible if the text is approved,” said Gabriela Benazar, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, one of the organizations that organized the protests.


Coast to coast

Under the slogan “Bans off our bodies”, more than 430 demonstrations, rallies and activities have been called throughout the country.

One of the largest has been recorded in New York, where thousands of people, mostly women, have crossed the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to flow into Foley Square.

Isabel Gadd has accompanied her grandmother Irna, 74, who would never have imagined that the right to abortion could be in danger. “I have been very naive and now I am heartbroken,” she told Efe.

In the capital, the march has concentrated thousands of people who left the obelisk of Washington in the direction of the headquarters of the Supreme Court, the focus of several protests in recent weeks.

“I have no respect for the members of the Supreme Court, they are like the Taliban,” Gloria Black, a resident of the area who went to the scene told Efe because she believes that the judges should not “dictate on morality.”

Other women carried banners with messages such as “Get your hands off my body”, “Motherhood is a choice, not a decision of the State” or “Abortion is a human right”.

Thousands of kilometers away, on the west coast of the United States, the square of the City Hall of Los Angeles (California) was packed by some 5,000 people who shouted almost in unison “My body, my decision.”

“We take to the streets because women will be in danger if we are prohibited from having legal abortions and we are not going to remain silent,” says the founder of the Women’s March Foundation, Emiliana Guereca.

Several states will ban it

If the conservative majority of the court – six of the nine justices – overturned “Roe v. Wade”, abortion would not be prohibited in the country, but the states would have free rein to veto it. The Planned Parenthood organization calculates that 26 states governed by Republicans, such as Texas, Arizona, Missouri or Georgia, would restrict or suppress it.

By contrast, no changes are expected in progressive states like California, New York or New Jersey.

Gabriela Benazar, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, has warned that this would “very disproportionately” affect women from black, Latino, migrant or low-income communities who would not be able to travel to other states to have an abortion.

In addition, it has considered that the draft of the Supreme Court “represents not only a threat to the right to abortion in the United States, but possibly to other rights”, such as those of the LGBT community.

“Women’s rights are under attack,” US Vice President Kamala Harris said on Twitter this Saturday, who, however, has not mentioned the word abortion.

The issue is already the central issue of the November mid-term election campaign, in which Democrats fear losing their majority in both houses of Congress.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, days ago made a call to vote for congressmen and senators who are in favor of access to abortion, a right that he called “fundamental”.

To show their support for abortion, Democrats brought to the Senate on Wednesday a bill in favor of the termination of pregnancy throughout the country, a symbolic initiative that was destined to fail since they do not have the 60 votes necessary to force the discussion.

54% of Americans believe that the Supreme Court should maintain the protection of abortion, according to a survey by The Washington Post and the ABC network.



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