Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Thousands rally for abortion rights ahead of key election month

March on Washington / AFP Photo

Thousands of people rallied in cities across the United States this Saturday to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down federal rights to abortion and to urge voters to choose Democrats in next year’s midterm elections. 8 November.

In washingtonThe crowd, mostly women, chanted “we will not go back” as they marched calling for a “feminist tsunami” and urging people to “vote to save women’s rights”.

“I don’t want to go back to a different time,” 18-year-old student Emily Boble told AFP.

“It’s a little ridiculous that we still have to do this in 2022,” he said, adding that he is concerned that the conservative-dominated Supreme Court could target same-sex marriage.

Many protesters wore green armbands or scarves, a symbol of the campaign to legalize abortion in Argentina that has spread throughout the world.

Others wore blue – the color of the Democratic Party – with large flags and banners calling for a “blue wave” of voters going to the polls on November 8.

in cities like New York and Denver had similar concentrations.

Protest In New York City Photo Afp
Protest in New York City / Photo AFP

Polls show Democrats have a slim chance of retaining control of the House of Representatives, but their chances are better in the Senate, where each party has 50 votes and Vice President Kamala Harris is running a tie.

The Republican campaign for next month’s election has focused mainly on concerns about inflation, immigration and crime, while Democrats led by President Joe Biden focused on debates on abortion rights and protecting democracy. Is.

In late June, the Supreme Court struck down decades of federal protection of abortion rights, leaving each state to set its own rules.

Since then, several Republican-led states have banned or severely restricted the procedure.

In fact, just in the past few hours, the justice blocked laws restricting abortion rights in Arizona and Ohio.

The Arizona Federal Court of Appeals decided this Friday to suspend a lower court ruling that allowed an almost complete ban on abortion dating from the 19th century, so the law approved this year, which authorizes the interruption, is voluntary. Will control pregnancy. (IVE) by 15 weeks.

At the same time, in Northeast Ohio, the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas announced yesterday that it would grant a request from abortion providers and abortion advocates for a preliminary injunction against a law banning IVs after about six weeks pregnant.

As a result of this decision, abortion up to 22 weeks of pregnancy will remain legal in Ohio while litigation continues.

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