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Abortion: Already banned in some parts of the United States

There are generally exceptions to medical emergencies. On the other hand, many liberal governments have declared their desire to continue defending the right to abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday issued its ruling. Most conservative Supreme Courts have thus paved the way for stricter abortion laws – including absolute prohibitions.

Some states have enacted prohibition laws in different jurisdictions – so-called stimulus laws. In some states they will now take effect immediately, in others it will be a month. Some states require formal approval from the Attorney General or the Governor. Many abortion clinics have already closed.

The first American states to ban abortion

Protests erupted again in front of the Supreme Court in Washington DC on Saturday. Earlier on Friday, thousands of people in several major US cities, including the capital Washington, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Denver and Philadelphia, arbitrarily protested the verdict. Protesters carried placards reading “My rapist has more rights than I do” and chanted slogans such as “Abortion is a human right.” Many more protests are likely to take place in the coming days.

Confidence in the Supreme Court is at an all-time low

The question of the right to abortion has always been faced by conservatives and right-wingers alike with the slogan “Right to Life”, which has long been a major social issue in the United States, beyond the topic. Insurmountable camps. The majority of people support the right to abortion. The NPR says the Supreme Court ruling has reduced confidence in the Supreme Court to an all-time low of just 25 percent.

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There is no federal regulation

There is no federal law in the United States that allows or prohibits abortion. However, abortion is allowed until at least the 24th week of pregnancy. This was confirmed by two judgments of the US Supreme Court, which have now been overturned. Now US states can decide on abortion rights. Abortion can now be strictly controlled or banned in half the states.

In many states, such as Missouri and Oklahoma, abortion doctors now face lengthy prison sentences. Governors from California, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, on the other hand, expressed their generosity regarding abortion. Women can now theoretically go to these states to have an abortion. However, not many people can afford it.

Companies have to bear the cost

Many US companies, including Amazon, Starbucks and Disney, have already announced that they will refund travel expenses to employees if needed. How this should work in practice – who wants to tell their employer that they are going to have an abortion – is certainly not clear. It is feared that more and more women will try to have an abortion on their own.

Speaking to his wife Jill at the White House on Saturday, President Biden said, “Jill and I know how painful and devastating this decision can be for many Americans.”

Protest in New York against Supreme Court ruling

Reuters / Caitlin Oaks

Thousands of people spontaneously rallied against the verdict

The important thing in the election campaign

Biden’s Democrats want to legalize abortion rights across the country. But they do not have the votes they need in Congress. Democrats want to make this issue a key part of the November Congress election campaign. However, according to opinion polls, Democrats will face significant losses – for example due to inflation.

Although the Liberals responded with horror to the verdict, many conservatives celebrated the decision. Former US President Donald Trump called the decision a “victory for life.” At the time, his vice president, Mike Pence, called on anti-abortion lawyers to campaign for a ban on fractures in all states.