“Hands off our bodies!”: Tens of thousands of people protested in the United States to defend the right to abortion, threatened by the Supreme Court that seems ready to step back half a century after the historic decision to protect abortion.
About 450 demonstrations were held across the country on Saturday, the largest of which were in Washington, New York, Chicago, Austin and Los Angeles.
Protesters held pink placards reading “Hands off our bodies!” shouting “The Supreme Court wants to kill women”, “Have an abortion in Court”, while large banners read “Our bodies, our abortions”.
In Washington, the march was to end in front of the Supreme Court. In New York, Democratic senators Chuck Sumer and Kirsten Gilbrand, as well as Attorney General Leticia James and Mayor Eric Adams, led the march.
Although supported by the majority of the population, according to recent polls, the right to abortion is a divisive issue following the historic Roe v. Wade of 1973 protecting the right of American women to terminate a pregnancy.
The Supreme Court, six of whose nine judges are conservative to extreme conservative thanks to Trump-era fatal appointments that upset the balance, is set to bolster the right to an abortion in June, Politico revealed in early May. which, if adopted, would give US states the right to ban abortion.
His decision is expected in late June and will affect a law in the state of Mississippi that limits the legal deadline for termination of pregnancy. These deadlines are already limited to 23 US states and 20 conservative states have already pledged to ban abortion, some even in the event of incest or rape.
This will force women to travel many thousands of miles to terminate a pregnancy.
Congressional Democrats have vowed to protect the right to abortion in states where they have a majority.
The House of Representatives passed the bill in the fall that guarantees access to abortion nationwide, but the bill was passed in the Senate where Democrats do not have the required majority.