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“It’s too late”: in Washington, a bitter demonstration to protect the right to abortion

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Published on: 05/15/2022 – 03:24 Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington on Saturday, fearing that in June the Supreme Court would end the right to abortion. Many have expressed fatalism over the judges’ upcoming decision, while promising to fight at the polls for November’s midterm elections. Report. “The whole world is watching us”, “Abortion is a human right”, “Forced birth = violence”, “Women are going to die”. Under the windows of the Supreme Court, Saturday, May 14 in Washington, the signs call for awareness. Because for half of the American population, a right guaranteed for almost fifty years is threatened with disappearance. The conservative majority of the nine judges of the Supreme Court could indeed decide, as early as June, to overturn the Roe v. Wade who, in 1973, legalized abortion at the federal level. In any case, this is the content of a draft notice that leaked recently. And yet, during the “Bans off our Bodies” demonstration this Saturday, the energy was not overflowing in the American capital. A bit like the weather, gray and leaden. The organizers were expecting at most 17,000 people. Nothing to do with the half-million demonstrators of the Women’s March of 2017, a human tide that swept through Washington the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Pro-choice demonstrators gathered in front of the Washington Monument before joining the Supreme Court, Saturday May 14, 2022. © Yona Helaoua, France 24 “It’s too late”, sobs Vanessa Aburn near the Washington Monument, where the protesters s were gathered before converging on the Supreme Court. “Elections have consequences. From the moment he entered the White House, I knew it was over,” she continues, withholding the name of former Republican President Donald Trump, who appointed three conservative judges to the Supreme Court, tilting the institution on the anti-abortion side. “We’re going to have to live with that, and it’s tragic.” “It’s terrifying” Vanessa was born in 1957. Before, therefore, the use of abortion was protected by Roe v. Wade. “I was too young to protest, but when this right was finally guaranteed, I was able to benefit from it. I did not have to worry. I had the right to have an abortion, and I did so. fact.” So the idea that this right disappears for the current generation and the following ones freezes his blood. “I will not go back quietly to the 1950s”, proclaims its sign. “I may come to France, well, I’m going to follow you,” she says bitterly, before regaining her seriousness: “I’ve already planned to be under the steps of the Supreme Court every day for a month if necessary. Pro-choice demonstration in Washington: “I will not go back quietly to the 1950s”, assures Vanessa Aburn, who was a teenager when abortion was legalized in 1973. “I had the right to have an abortion, and I did it.” pic.twitter.com/bZEY7Kyj7u— Yona Helaoua (@YonaHelaoua) May 15, 2022 If the Sages did indeed cancel Roe v. Wade in June, twenty Republican states, mainly in the south of the country, could restrict or ban abortion. “I live in North Carolina, and my state could be on the list,” sighs Liz, a 31-year-old nurse who seems to be struggling to realize the possibility of such a situation in 2022, in a democratic country, first world power. “It’s terrifying.” She ponders next steps, assuming the dice are already cast on the side of the nine judges. “Abort the Supreme Court,” reads his placard. “Judges are appointed for life, their term should have a limit,” said the young woman, who also says she is seduced by the possibility of expanding the number of judges in order to appoint progressives and rebalance the Court politically. Pro-choice protest in Washington: Liz and her friend, 31-year-old nurses, want Supreme Court justices to end their life terms. Liz lives in North Carolina and fears her state will ban abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. pic.twitter.com/tln0tXCuZP— Yona Helaoua (@YonaHelaoua) May 15, 2022 On the ground, Liz promises to continue to support associations defending the right to abortion, and stresses the importance of “taking part in pots for women who can’t afford to travel to another state for an abortion.” “We need more pro-choice elected officials” Brittany Vanpelt, a 25-year-old African-American, agrees: ” If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, it’s going to be a very difficult time for women in the United States, especially women of color and women in poverty Many conservatives say they care about life, but they don’t care once the baby is born.They hate food stamps and government assistance programs, but if women can’t have an abortion anymore, they’ll depend more on government help. That’s why I encourage others to vote in the midterm elections this month. November: We need more pro-choice elected officials.” “Our bodies, our futures, our abortions”: Brittany Vanpelt demonstrates in front of the Supreme Court and recalls that women of color and living in poverty will be the most affected by restricted access to abortion. pic.twitter.com/qF4qXBiMmi— Yona Helaoua (@YonaHelaoua) May 15, 2022 If the June decision leaves little hope for the demonstrators, it is indeed the November deadline that was on their minds Saturday: “The Conservative movement spent decades making the Supreme Court look like it does today. They had one goal: to overturn Roe v. Wade. So I doubt public pressure will change according to one of the judges”, reasons Emily Crockett, a 38-year-old mother clinging to her stroller. “On the other hand, what we can do is shout our anger, fight, and remind people that It’s all very real. Because until now, many Americans had never taken seriously the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned. Now they have understood. But the majority of the population supports the choice of abortion. And will realize that it is no longer possible to support the Republicans. If the Democrats focus on this issue, they can win the midterm elections.” Pro-choice demonstration in Washington: “Two words: ‘vaginal tearing’”. For Emily Crockett, no woman should be forced to give birth. She says she chose to have her daughter, “what she holds dearest”, but demands the same possibility of choosing for this child. pic.twitter.com/xsPiAi68cX— Yona Helaoua (@YonaHelaoua) May 15, 2022 Emily Crockett’s hope, like that of many others, is to see a Democratic majority in the Senate large enough to enshrine abortion in the law. A Democratic text in this direction failed this week, for lack of sufficient votes. For this mother, it is also a question of protecting her 12-month-old daughter: “I chose to have her, and I love her with all my heart, and if I had to do it again, I would do it again. But I want her to have a choice too.”

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