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USA: Thousands fight for abortion rights

As of: 05/14/2022 9:49 pm

The Supreme Court will soon seize the right to abortion in the United States. Many Americans accept this and do not want to take to the streets.

Large numbers of people took to the streets across the United States for the right to abortion. Protesters said the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the constitutional right to abortion. Hundreds of protesters marched in cities and towns across the country chanting “My body, my will.”

“Women have to decide for themselves”

In the capital, Washington, thousands of people gathered at the Washington Memorial before marching to the Supreme Court seat, now surrounded by two security fences. Caitlin Lohr, 34, said: “I think women should have the right to choose what they want to do with their bodies and their lives.

A spokesman in Washington declared “summer of anger.” “It’s a slow process of frustration. Little by little we get used to the idea that we can lose our rights,” said Leslie, a protester in the capital. She could not even imagine going back to a time when abortion was illegal and dangerous.

Protests also took place in cities in Pittsburgh in the east, Pasadena in the west, and in traditional conservative states such as Tennessee and Texas. People also gathered in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

Important decision in 1973

There is no federal law in the United States that allows or prohibits abortion. However, abortion is allowed at least as long as possible – today at 24 weeks. This is based on the 1973 Supreme Court judgment. In early May, “Politico” magazine published a draft of the Supreme Court ruling. He points out that the US Supreme Court is about to repeal this liberal abortion law in the United States. The report mobilized many people and took to the streets.

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If the Supreme Court actually overturns a landmark judgment of 1973, the jurisdiction will remain with the states. When that happens, half the states in the United States, mostly in the South and Midwest, will widely ban abortion. According to opinion polls, most Americans want abortion to be legal, at least in the early stages of pregnancy.