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“Stop controlling us!”: Abortion rights marches in 44 US cities

Latest News“Stop controlling us!”: Abortion rights marches in 44 US cities

This Saturday, tens of thousands of people gathered at 200 events in 44 US cities – from Anchorage (Alaska) to Palm Beach (Florida) and from Honolulu (Hawaii) to Portland (Maine). They are protesting against the imminent legalization of the right to abortion in 26 of the 50 states of the Union. In places controlled by the Republican Party, there are 36 million women of reproductive age who are about to lose a right they have taken for granted for half a century.

In New York, the demonstration began across the river and headed for Manhattan, to the beat of drums, over the Brooklyn Bridge, and in Los Angeles, due to the time difference, rallies began as early as eight in the morning, to places like Pasadena City Hall. Although, for obvious reasons, the most symbolic was the march in Washington, where, according to the organizers, “between 20,000 and 30,000 people” took part. There is a Supreme Court whose nine judges are preparing a verdict these days that will clearly overturn the precedent set in 1973 by the same court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, which transformed women’s decision-making power prior to week 23 in the constitution.

The meeting was scheduled on the large, monumental esplanade of the Mall. Shortly before the speeches began, around noon on the day when the gray dawn began and the storm threatened, the crowd gathered at the foot of the obelisk in memory of Washington, in front of the White House, and around a huge pink banner held by dozens of volunteers, men and women, with the following inscription: “Our bodies. Our future, our abortions.” Later, after 2:00 pm, they marched to the Supreme Court building.

The call for demonstrations, which was shared by seven civil rights organizations, was made under the slogan “Prohibitions from Our Bodies,” which can literally be translated as “Down with the Prohibitions of Our Bodies,” but the Latin with branches in 40 states, became a slogan in Spanish: “Stop controlling us!” During the March on Washington, banners also displayed other messages ranging from the classics (“My body, my choice” or “Abortion is medical care”) to the most original, including invitations to “abort the Supreme Court” and A. Quote from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt: “Women who behave properly don’t make history.”

Arriving from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Lynn poured out all her “anger and grief” on a hand-drawn poster that read: “Scream so that in a few years none of our sisters will have to ask you at what point in history we lost our love.” voice”. Lynn explained that she was motivated to go to the capital by her refusal to “be a second-class citizen without full rights. Either we are all free, or we all regulate ourselves,” he added. Maya, 22, has since clarified that she is a privileged person: she lives in Washington, one of those progressive places where her rights are not questioned. “I fear for the women of Texas or Oklahoma. I don’t think they understand that abortion will continue to exist, legal or not.” When asked if he still lost hope, he replied that he believed in passing a law protecting abortion so that he would no longer be subject to legal hesitation. This week’s attempt by Democrats in the Senate did not receive support even from everyone. Fifty Republicans and maverick Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, voted against it on Wednesday.

A little further on was Joan, 26, a recent arrival from Texas, a state that already has what is known as the Heartbeat Law, which lowers the limit for abortions from the current 23 weeks to six, which is when the fetus begins to feel vital signs. In practice, this is tantamount to a ban. Joana explained that in 2017 she underwent surgery “which would not be possible today.” “Already then, many obstacles were put in your way, such as the obligatory ultrasound, or the time that must pass between the consultation and the operation. Meanwhile, this is how I lost two weeks,” he explained.

The movement is especially mobilized after a draft of the upcoming verdict, written by Conservative Judge Samuel Alito and supported by a majority of five of nine high court magistrates, was leaked on May 2. At the very moment of the night that the Politico website leak, a truly exceptional escape in the modern history of the institution, became known, dozens of pro- and anti-abortion people gathered in front of Supreme’s neoclassical mass until they plunged into the morning.

The text that has become known is the first (and so far the only) draft, and it was written in February. Since then he has been able to change. And it is also possible that before the final announcement there will be new versions. There is also the possibility that some of the judges who appear to be convinced to overthrow Roe will change their minds under the influence of John Roberts, the moderate conservative chief judge who announced the investigation into the leak the day after it happened. “Today is an important day,” Gabriela Benazaracosta of Planned Parenthood explained at a march in Washington. “It must be clear that this project is unacceptable and that it portends a very important failure. Prohibitions will only stop legal and safe abortions for the most disadvantaged people.”

Rachel O’Leary Carmona, director of another organization that called the protest, Women’s March, which is responsible for the demonstrations of women opposed to Donald Trump at the beginning of his presidency, for her part warned that “the summer of Rage.” The Women’s March estimated that about 120,000 people took to the streets of the United States this Saturday.

These concentrations come after those that occurred every day after filtration. They included the likes of Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who, visibly angered, improvised a rally in which she said, “Angry because the extremist Supreme Court thinks it can impose its extremist views on all women in this country, and it wrong.” So much rioting proves that there is certainly no court ruling that opposes Americans more than Roe v. Wade. Capitol police put up a ten-foot-tall black fence this week to secure the perimeter.

Protests took place not only in front of the Supreme Court. Since last weekend, free-to-choice groups have been rallying outside the homes of Judges Brett Kavanno in Washington’s affluent Chevy Chase neighborhood and Alito, who lives in nearby Arlington, Virginia, whose governor has demanded federal intervention to protect them. Republican Senator Susan Collins, for her part, denounced people who had gathered near her home in Maine to the police. Collins is one of two senators from her party (the other is Lisa Murkowski of Alaska) who oppose the Supreme Court’s overturning Rowe.

In the face of growing controversy over the protests, which often took the form of pickets, author Lauren Rankin published an article last Wednesday titled: “After 30 years of turning abortion clinics into war zones, are you now asking for a courtesy?” . Rankin is about to publish a book, Bodies on the Line: At the Front Line of America’s Pro-Abortion Fight, in which, drawing on her six years as a volunteer escort at an abortion clinic in New Jersey, she analyzes decades of persecution by the anti-abortion movement for reproductive centers, their users and their employees.


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