Emoving scenes unfolded outside the US Supreme Court Friday as women, abortion advocates and pro-choice protesters battled the reality of a future without Roe v Wade†
Speak withthe independent in a heavily guarded court, a woman burst into tears as she told how the judges’ decision to overturn abortion rights showed how far the United States has “fallen back.”
“I’m just here to protect all of our human rights,” she said, bursting into tears. “This is supposed to be an advanced country, but we’re just going backwards right now because people are going to die.
“And we have to fight that… abortion is a human right, it’s health care and people die without it.”
She lashed out at lawmakers who failed to “stand up for” the people who elected them to represent Americans, but admitted she was “not surprised” by what had happened, given that the nation had “over the past six years is in a downward spiral”.
“The people we voted for are not standing up for us,” she said. “And the laws in this country will have serious consequences for all of our citizens.”
She added: “Even if it doesn’t make a difference… we have to do what we can.”
A mother and her daughter had come to the protest together and described their disbelief that the fight for reproductive rights was still going on in 2022.
“I never thought that when my daughter was this old, this is something we would have to fight for,” said the mother. “It is not possible for women to have social, financial and physical equality if they cannot control when and how they have children.”
Her daughter told the independent she struggles to stand for long due to a disability but was determined to appear in court for being “angry”.
She said she felt less discouraged after joining the protest and seeing all the people who wanted to fight for the right to abortion.
Another woman told the independent that the judges had “lied” to the American people about not overthrowing the court and overturning the decision to send abortion decisions back to the states.
However, she said she was “optimistic” for future generations, saying she believes they are more involved in politics and will push for change.
A small number of anti-abortion protesters also descended on the Supreme Court, including right-wing agitators Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman shouting through megaphones for women to “go back to the kitchen.”
After trying to stir up the crowd, they were soon peacefully led away from the scene.
On Friday morning, the US Supreme Court destroyed the monument Roe v Wade ruling, ending the fundamental right of access to abortion for millions of women across America.
In case of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health OrganizationThe nation’s highest court ruled 6-3 in favor of a Mississippi law prohibiting abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy.
All six conservative judges voted to uphold the state’s abortion restriction and, in the process, five — excluding Chief Justice John Roberts — voted to abolish the 1973 roe ruling guaranteeing a constitutional right to abortion and the 1992 Planned Parenthood Against Casey ruling that further strengthened that right.
In their landmark decision, the nine-member court reversed the reproductive rights of the American people 50 years ago and placed power over women’s bodies in the hands of states.
While the leak of a draft opinion last month revealed the court’s plan to overthrow roethe decision was somewhat unexpected as Judges Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh both swore under oath during their hearings that they believed the ruling set a legal precedent.
Abortion immediately became illegal in several Republican-led states, including South Dakota, Louisiana and Kentucky, after they passed “trigger laws” to ban the procedure as soon as possible. roe was overthrown.
The three liberal judges wrote in their dissent that the ruling marked the end of women as “free and equal citizens” in the US.
“With sadness — for this Court, but more so for the many millions of American women who have lost fundamental constitutional protections today — we disagree,” said Judges Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
“Whatever the precise scope of the forthcoming laws, one result of today’s decision is certain: the curtailment of women’s rights and their status as free and equal citizens,” they wrote.
In the majority opinion, Judge Samuel Alito wrote that: roe and Casey were “very wrong” and “should be overruled”.
“Roe was hugely wrong from the start,” he wrote.
“The reasoning was exceptionally weak and the decision has had damaging consequences.
“And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have fueled debate and deepened divisions.”
Addressing the nation from the White House, President Joe Biden called it a “sad day” for the nation and vowed to “do everything in my power” to protect access to abortion across the country.
“The health and lives of women in this country are now at stake,” he said. “It’s a sad day for the court and for the country.”
He urged voters to “make their voices heard” by electing officials who “will reinstate a woman’s right to choose in federal law.”
The final ruling comes more than a month after a draft majority opinion leaked on May 2, showing the court intended to end five decades of abortion rights.
Following the leak, several Democrat-led states took steps to strengthen protections against abortion, while Republican states implemented “trigger laws” to ban or severely restrict access to abortion once the ruling was made.
About half of all US states are now expected to ban or severely restrict abortion roe is discontinued.
Fears are growing that abortion is just the start of several rights now under attack, with the constitutional right on which Roe was founded — the 14th Amendment to privacy — also being used to set precedents in other cases, including the right to contraception and homosexuals wedding.
In his opinion, consistent with the majority decision, Judge Clarence Thomas said the Supreme Court should also “reconsider all of the Court’s substantive precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefelll†
“We have a duty to ‘correct the error’ identified in those precedents,” he wrote, referring to statements that Americans have the right to contraception, same-sex marriage and same-sex marriage.