Abortion in the US: Roe vs Wade decision sparks ‘night of anger’ from protesters

Thousands of protesters have flooded the streets in the United States to express their anger at abortion rights being abolished.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the United States Friday night, local time, to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark ruling that has supported abortion rights in the country since the 1970s.

Roe v Wade prevented the government from banning abortions to the point of fetal viability, after about 24 weeks of gestation.

On Friday, the court voted 6-3 — along partisan lines — to remove that precedent.

“Abortion poses a profound moral question,” Judge Samuel Alito, a conservative, wrote in his majority opinion.

“The constitution does not grant the right to abortion.

“The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of any state from regulating or banning abortion. Roe and Casey have usurped that authority. We now reject those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives.”

The news sparked mass protests in major US cities, including Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Boston.

In the nation’s capital, the pro-abortion militant group Jane’s Revenge promised a “night of rage,” and Our Rights DC declared it “furious” and “damn angry.”

At one point in the night, protesters gathered outside Judge Clarence Thomas’ home. The protesters shouted, “My body, my choice,” beating drums and waving signs.

What happens now?

As a result of the ruling, abortion rights are now determined by individual states. Nearly half of the country’s states have passed or will pass laws banning abortion, while others have taken strict measures to regulate the procedure.

Some dormant state laws will be reactivated, making it illegal to have an abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. Anyone who performs abortion in states that criminalize it will be charged with a felony and face up to 15 years in prison.

Friday’s final advice was strikingly similar to Alito’s draft leaked to Politico earlier this year. It repeats its disdainful language to the original roe decision establishing the right to abortion.

“Roe was very wrong from the start,” Justice Alito wrote.

“The reasoning was exceptionally weak and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from achieving a national settlement of the abortion issue, roe and Casey have fueled debate and increased division.”

Immediately effective

The 26 states expected to introduce new restrictions on abortion include Texas, Louisiana, Idaho, Mississippi and Missouri — where Governor Mike Parson has already issued a proclamation that will implement the state’s ban on abortion.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill banning almost all abortions starting at conception. The new law, which will take effect immediately, is the most restrictive abortion ban in the country.

Ten others have pre-1973 laws that could go into effect or legislation that would ban abortions after six weeks before many women even know they’re pregnant.

Women in states with strict anti-abortion laws must either continue their pregnancy, have a clandestine abortion or get abortion pills, or travel to another state where the procedure remains legal.

After the ruling, the only abortion clinic in West Virginia announced that it will no longer perform abortions from Friday.

In a statement on Facebook, the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia said it is no longer performing the procedure because of “an 1882 criminal law criminalizing abortion for both the health care provider and patient with a felony prison sentence.” [to] 10 years.”

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 13 states have passed so-called “trigger laws” that will ban abortion almost immediately.

Though a trigger law in Texas won’t go into effect for weeks, Planned Parenthood clinics across the state halted abortion services on Friday as officials reviewed the decision and possibility, raised by the Texas Attorney General, that decades- old anti-abortion laws that were never repealed could now be enforced in the state. “The pause in our abortion care,” said Jeffrey Hons, the president of Planned Parenthood South Texas, “is the right thing to do so we have time to make sure Planned Parenthood organizations are complying with the law.”

Several Democrat-ruled states have taken steps to facilitate abortion in anticipation of an influx, and three of them — California, Oregon and Washington — have made a joint commitment to defend access in the wake of the Supreme Court decision. However, travel is expensive, and abortion rights groups say new restrictions will seriously affect poor women, many of whom are black or Hispanic.

US President Joe Biden criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and called on Congress to codify the right to abortion — something unlikely given the divided balance of power in the Senate.

“It is a sad day for the court and the country. Today, the United States Supreme Court has expressly stripped the American people of a constitutional right they had already recognized,” Biden said in comments from the White House Friday afternoon.

“It was three judges named by a president, Donald Trump, who were at the heart of today’s decision to lift the scales of justice and eliminate a fundamental right for women in this country. Make no mistake, this decision is the culmination of a conscious effort spanning decades to upset the balance of our law.

“It is a realization of an extreme ideology and a tragic mistake by the Supreme Court in my view.

“The court has done what it has never done before, expressly taking away a constitutional right so fundamental to so many Americans that had already been recognized. The court’s decision to do so will have real and immediate consequences.”

Alito was joined in his opinion by Judges Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

Chief Justice John Roberts did not join the majority, writing in a unanimous opinion that he would not have destroyed Roe, but would instead have upheld Mississippi’s law banning abortions after 15 weeks.

In assent, Roberts wrote that Alito’s opinion was “thought out and thorough, but those virtues cannot compensate for the fact that his dramatic and consistent statement is not necessary to decide the case for us.”

“There is therefore ample evidence that a 15-week ban gives a woman sufficient time, barring rare circumstances, to ‘decide’ for herself whether she wants to terminate her pregnancy,” the chief judge continued, before adding that both Alito’s opinion and the dissent from liberal judges Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan “show a relentless freedom of doubt on the legal issue that I cannot share.”

In a joint dissent, judges Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan harshly criticized the majority, concluding: “With sorrow — for this Court, but more so for the many millions of American women who have lost basic constitutional protections today — we disagree. “

Judge Clarence Thomas called for the possible quashing of Supreme Court rulings protecting same-sex marriage and access to contraception in an advisory that coincides with the decision ending federal abortion rights.

The conservative judge wrote that the court should “reconsider” other cases covered by the court’s previous proceedings, including rulings establishing LGBTQ and contraceptive rights.

“In future cases, we must reconsider all substantive precedents of this Court, including Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell,” he wrote.

The 74-year-old judge referred to a 1965 ruling, Griswold v. Connecticut, that gives married couples access to birth control. He also refers to a 2003 ruling, Lawrence v. Texas, which prohibits states from banning consensual gay sex, and Obergefell v. Hodges, a 2015 decision that established the right to same-sex marriage.

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