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Clinic fights for abortion rights: “We are angry, we hate this”

The Pink House is the last abortion hospital in the state of Mississippi in the United States. Opponents of abortion harass pregnant women before they come to campus. The fight will soon take place in the US Supreme Court as well – with consequences for all women in the country.

They know Pam well here. A middle-aged woman continues to stand in front of the Pink House in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. Whenever a car enters the abortion hospital premises, Pam rushes to the vehicle armed with leaflets. She shouts that there are other ways. One man clarifies that Pam did not work for the Pink House – that is the name of the clinic. Once the women reach the small clinic premises, Pam follows them from the other side of the fence to the entrance. She calls the barrier – a black foil blocks the view. A volunteer from the clinic directs the music.

Opponent of abortion Pam stands in front of the Pink House Abortion Clinic in Mississippi. (Source: Julia New / DPA)

The Pink House is the only abortion hospital in the southern state of the country United States. But that alone is not special to them. Fights outside the clinic will soon take place in the U.S. Supreme Court. There, the Pink House is at the center of a lawsuit that could greatly restrict abortion rights everywhere in the United States. Because Supreme Court I saw a frame MississippiAlmost all Abortions Prohibited after the 15th week of pregnancy.

The Supreme Court has become more conservative under Trump

According to a landmark judgment of 1973, abortions in the United States are pending credibility Embryo Allowed – up to 24th week of pregnancy today. This result is considered a milestone. In this case the law, Roe v. Ved knows, the Supreme Court can change that now. Should he decide that Mississippi law is constitutional, Roe V. The calf lifted.

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The controversy over the right to abortion has occupied the courts and the community in the United States for decades. Rowe V. This is not the first time. The Wade tip is threatening – but now the danger seems greater than ever. Because under the former US President Donald Trump The Supreme Court has become very conservative.

“We’re Not Surprised About Texas”

“We get angry and hate it, but we’re not surprised,” says Terenda Hancock. The blonde woman is dressed in colorful attire and stands in front of the Pink House in Jackson. She is one of the founders of a group that protects pregnant women from abortion in front of the clinic. What Trump has been doing nationally has been going on for a long time at the local level, he says. “We were not surprised about that Texas. “

Trenta Hancock, a volunteer worker, protects pregnant women from anti-abortion activists.  (Source: dpa / Julia Naue)Trenta Hancock, a volunteer worker, protects pregnant women from anti-abortion activists. (Source: Julia New / DPA)

There is a new law that has caused violent outrage: it prohibits almost all abortions once the fetal heart rate has been determined. Many women do not know they are pregnant at this time. The Supreme Court dismissed the urgent petition against the law. It is true that he did not judge the matter. However, many fear that this decision gives them an idea of ​​how the court will decide in the Mississippi case.

“Where do you want to take people?”

Hancock is standing in front of the Pink House with a few volunteers on September Day. Today is quiet, she says. Pam is the only one there. Opponents of abortion harass women in front of the clinic on a daily basis. Early in the morning they come with a loudspeaker. “I think they’re all crazy, but they’re a little more serious than the afternoon,” Hancock says. According to another volunteer, the adversaries also positioned themselves just in front of the Pink House and pretended to be hospital staff. They will send the pregnant woman to another hospital where she will not have an abortion.

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Hancock firmly believes that most women will not be deterred. “We’m the last remaining abortion hospital in Mississippi. Where are you going to drive people?” It annoys them when people say that women can have an abortion in a country that is easy. Some women could not even go to Jackson, he complains.

“It’s basically about power”

Pam stands a little away from the volunteers and carefully watches the rolling cars. If someone turns to the clinic, your moment has come. “Why do you think that’s right?” One of the volunteers asks. God is by her side, Pam says. The little girl willingly gives information. “I believe life is God’s precious gift,” he says. She believes that pregnant women do not know well – they may be pressured by their boyfriend or family to have an abortion. Pam believes her struggle in front of the clinic has already encouraged women to have abortions. One volunteer says most women do not listen to them.

Jarvis Torch is President of the ACLU Mississippi Civil Rights Organization. The organization has an office in the abandoned Downtown Jackson area and is concerned about the Supreme Court ruling, which is expected in 2022. He fears the court ruling could cause each state to enact its own abortion laws. “It would probably be a bad decision,” he says.

The milestone judgment in the event was Ro V. Wade Tips, some states have already prepared laws that may come into force. Abortion should be completely or utterly banned above all conservative states in the South and Midwest. But why does this topic excite people? “Basically, it’s about power,” Dart says. “You tell me how to live a woman’s life.”

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