‘My body, my choice’: anger at US Supreme Court ruling on abortion

by Barbara R. Abercrombie
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Hundreds of protesters came to the United States Supreme Court on Saturday to denounce the decision to overturn the half-century-old Roe v Wade precedent recognizing women’s constitutional right to abortion.

With a conservative majority of 6-3, the sweeping court ruling would vastly change American life, as nearly half of the states are certain or likely to ban abortion.

Justice Clarence Thomas suggested the court’s reasoning could also lead to previous rulings protecting the right to contraception, legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, and invalidating state laws banning gay sex.

The audience showed abortion opponents wearing T-shirts that read “I am the Pro-Life Generation” and abortion rights supporters chanting, “my body, my choice.”

“The Supreme Court has made some terrible decisions,” Democratic President Joe Biden said on Saturday.

He added that the White House would look to the police to see how states enforce bans, while government officials have already indicated they intend to fight attempts by states to ban a pill used for drug abortion.

“States is implementing the decision,” Biden said. “My administration will focus on how they manage and whether they are breaking other laws.”

‘What is the point?’

Christian conservatives had long fought to overthrow Roe, with Friday’s ruling a cherished victory that resulted from a long campaign to appoint anti-abortion judges to the highest court. The verdict was supported by all three judges appointed by former President Donald Trump.

Are regulated by the government. It is at odds with general public opinion. A Reuters/Ipsos poll last month found that about 71 percent of Americans — including most Democrats and Republicans — said decisions about terminating a pregnancy should be left to a woman and her doctor rather than being made.

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That support is not absolute: 26 percent of the polled said abortion should be legal in all cases, 10 percent said it should be illegal, and the majority supported some limits.

The ruling will likely affect voters’ behavior in the Nov. 8 midterm elections, when Biden’s Democrats face a huge risk of losing their wafer-thin majority in the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate.

Some party leaders hope the decision will convince suburban voters, though activists expressed disappointment and demoralization at suffering such a defeat while their party was in full power in Washington.

“They can ask for votes for more power, but don’t they already have Congress and the White House?” said Patricia Smith, a 24-year-old abortion rights advocate, who headed to the Supreme Court to protest. “They haven’t been able to pass much legislation despite the power, so what’s the point?”

The decision came just a day after the court issued another landmark ruling that found that Americans have the constitutional right to carry a concealed weapon for protection — invalidating a New York state law that imposed strict limits on concealed weapons. Suggested.

The two rulings showed that an aggressively conservative court is poised to flex its muscles and rebuild American life at a time when Congress is often stuck and struggling to make significant policy changes.

It also indicated that Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative who preferred to take step-by-step action, no longer has the power to delay the court’s action. Roberts had voted to support the Mississippi abortion ban that was the subject of Friday’s decision but did not vote to overthrow Roe himself.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, a group of Democratic attorneys general said they would not use their offices to enforce abortion bans.

“We are not going to use the resources of the Wisconsin Department of Justice to investigate or prosecute anyone for alleged violations of the 19th-century abortion ban,” said Josh Kaul, the attorney general. “I have also encouraged prosecutors, sheriff’s attorneys, and police chiefs in our state not to use their resources to investigate or prosecute abortions.”

The White House said on Saturday it would challenge states’ attempts to restrict women’s ability to travel from their home state to request an abortion.

‘Abortion is murder.’

The case that led to Friday’s decision revolved around a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, before the fetus is viable outside the womb. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, nicknamed the “Pink House” because of its bubble-gum-colored paint, was named in the case.

The clinic was still in operation Saturday morning, with attendants showing up at the state’s only abortion clinic at about 5 a.m. to prepare for the arrival of patients.

Not long after, anti-abortion protesters began setting up ladders to look over the property’s fence and large posters with messages such as “abortion is murder”.

Coleman Boyd, 50, a longtime protester outside the clinic who often comes with his wife and children to shout the gospel through a megaphone, falsely told women waiting for an appointment that they were breaking the law.

In reality, Mississippi law will not close the clinic for nine days. Boyd called Roe’s reign “history” but “definitely not a victory”, noting that he wanted to end abortion in all states.

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