The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, spoke on the steps of the Capitol in the company of elected Democrats and activist lawyers, in Washington, Friday, May 13, 2022. STEFANI REYNOLDS / AFP “Do not touch our body ! “: Gathered in numbers on the steps of the American Congress, facing the Supreme Court which could soon cancel the right to abortion, the elected Democrats called this Friday, May 13 America to the mobilization. “We won’t stop fighting until everyone, and I mean everyone, has access to safe and legal abortions, regardless of income, zip code or ethnicity,” promised Barbara Lee, Democratic Representative, who has in the past publicly discussed her own clandestine abortion. If the Supreme Court were to annul the case law which has founded the right to abortion in the United States since 1973, each American state would be free to prohibit or authorize it as it sees fit. Twenty conservative states have already promised to make it illegal, some even in cases of rape or incest. Read also: What is the Roe vs Wade decision, which opened the right to abortion in the United States in 1973? “How can you tell a 12-year-old girl in Alabama who is a victim of incest that she can’t get the care she deserves? “, castigated the elected Diana DeGette, who co-chairs the pro-abortion group in the House of Representatives. Strong mobilizations expected in major American cities Without the Supreme Court, the options for protecting this right at the federal level are slim. The Chamber did vote last fall for a law guaranteeing access to abortion throughout the country. But this text does not manage for the moment to pass the stage of the Senate, where the Democrats have only a very narrow majority. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers Why is green the color of the fight for the right to abortion? Anxious to weigh in on the debate, several large progressive organizations have called on Americans to march en masse on May 14 across the United States. Four major marches are held in Washington, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and hundreds of rallies across the rest of the country. “Americans are demonstrating and making their voices heard,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The World with AFP
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