The most conservative Supreme Court in the United States yesterday decided to put an end to the right to abortion, which was guaranteed almost 50 years ago. A few states took the opportunity to immediately ban abortions on their soil.
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In a historic facelift, six of the nine judges invalidated the verdict, among other things. Rowe V. Wade Since 1973, the right to abortion has been guaranteed among our neighbors in the South, but it has never been recognized by religious rights.
Nine Republican-controlled states, including Missouri, Alabama, Wisconsin and Kentucky, banned abortions within hours of the ruling, and four will do so within the next month. In all, more than half of the fifty U.S. states will soon follow them.
Women at risk
“The health and lives of women in this country are in danger now,” President Joe Biden denounced, lamenting a “sad day” for the United States.
“This decision is the result of decades of deliberate attempt to upset the balance of our law,” he said.
On the contrary, his predecessor, Donald Trump, was pleased to announce that the decision “responded to God’s will”, especially on Fox News’ Airwaves. ⁇
“Today’s strike is the greatest victory of a generation, and with other recent decisions, it is only possible because I have fulfilled my promises, including the appointment and establishment of three respected and strong constitutional scholars on the Supreme Court of Unity. States,” he stressed.
“The Constitution does not mention abortion and none of its articles implicitly defend this right,” wrote Judge Samuel Alito on behalf of the majority. Judgment Rowe V. Wade “Completely unsubstantiated from the beginning” and “should be canceled”.
49 years ago
Rowe V. Wade The right to privacy under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution 49 years ago included the right of a woman to choose whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.
“It is time to send the issue of abortion back to the people’s elected representatives,” Judge Alito wrote in the local parliament.
The formation is similar to the draft verdict that sparked protests across the country and provoked a wave of left-wing anger, subject to unprecedented media leaks in early May.
Yesterday’s decision sparked a new wave of protests outside the Supreme Court building, including in Washington.
This setback for the rights of millions of women who are very close to home raises anger in Quebec feminist circles.
Louis Desmeres, an activist who has fought for the right to abortion all his life, said, “I have no words to describe how painful it is. For most American states that treat women like animals, it is difficult to accept that we are going back 50, 60, 70 years.”
“I feel a little lethargic, a kind of physical discomfort [en apprenant la nouvelle]Long-time feminist activist Louise Moyson testifies. […] It is astonishing that 52% of Americans were in favor of upholding this right and five men violated it. ⁇
These activists believe that if they believe that our organization and organizations are better protected from such a fall, we should be even more vigilant in the future.
“For me, the risk is high at the level of the rise of conservatism in our societies, which often expresses anti-feminist values,” Ms. Desmeres worried.
“Quebec is not exempt from this,” he added, referring to the enormous cultural influence that the United States has.
-With AFP and QMI agency
What they said
“No government, politician or man should dictate to a woman what she can or cannot do with her body. I want Canadian women to know that we will always stand up for your right to choose. ⁇
– Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
“I always say that if the women’s group backs down, it affects all women and it weakens us.”
-Louis Desmaris, feminist activist for 50 years
“This ruling endangers other privacy rights such as contraception and same-sex marriage.”
-Three Supreme Court judges who voted against the verdict
Dark times for women
Newspaper Following in the footsteps of its journalist Clara Loiseau who came to Washington yesterday, it invites you to report on the deep division of our neighbors in the South over the right to abortion. How will women, young and old, who want to ban voluntary termination of pregnancy by half in almost every US state, survive with this historic setback?