“L’avorment est un droit” (“Abortion is a right”) read several placards posted by women and men protesting in Paris and other French cities for women’s rights denied by the US Supreme Court. According to the French interior ministry, around 6,500 people took part in the demonstrations – 1,500 of them in the capital.
In the coming weeks and months — with extreme exceptions — half of all U.S. states could repeal abortion rights. A 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling remained in effect until the end of June and affirmed the right to abortion. On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court in Washington reversed that decision and ruled against abortion rights.
The verdict shocked many in France. Suzy Rojtman of the group “Avortement en Europe – Les femmes decident” (“Abortion in Europe – Women decide”) said she fears abortion rights in Europe are being challenged because of America’s prominence in the world.
Very young women also took part in the protests – with slogans such as “Keep your laws out of my body” or “L’IVG sauve des vies” (“Abortions save lives”).
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