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

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 that recognized women’s constitutional right to abortion.

The sweeping court ruling, with a conservative majority of 6-3, 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 legalize same-sex marriage nationwide and invalidate state laws banning gay sex.

The audience showed both 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 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.

“The decision is being implemented by states,” Biden said. “My administration is going to 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 ruling was supported by all three judges appointed by former President Donald Trump.

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

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

The ruling is likely to 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 in terms of 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 state’s 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 will challenge any attempt by states to restrict women’s ability to travel from their home state to request an abortion.Map of abortion in the US

‘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 fence of the property 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 see an end to abortion in all states.