United States – Kamala Harris and Joe Biden decided to defend the right to abortion

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While the American Supreme Court, with a conservative majority, must render its opinion on abortion, the vice-president and the president have promised to support this right, which deserves “to be enshrined in law”.

“Pray to end abortion”, “Leave abortion legal”: the tension is at its height before the American Supreme Court.

AFP

US President Joe Biden and his vice-president, Kamala Harris, promised on Saturday to use all means at their disposal to defend the right to abortion, the future of which depends on a Supreme Court decision. .

“The constitutional right established in Roe v. Wade,” in 1973, “is under attack like never before,” they said on the 49th anniversary of that historic stoppage. “It is a right that we believe should be enshrined in law, and we are committed to defending it with all the tools at our disposal!”

without using the word

Without using the term abortion in their statement, which has not failed to be noted by some pro-abortion activists, the president and his vice-president were alarmed at attempts to “restrict access to sexual health care and reproductive,” especially in Texas, Mississippi, and other states.

The right to abortion in the United States – which is not guaranteed by federal law – is based on the Supreme Court’s decision “Roe v. Wade”. The High Court there held that the Constitution guaranteed the right of women to have an abortion. In 1992, it confirmed this right as long as the fetus is not viable, that is between 22 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Contrary to case law

But strengthened by the change in the balance of the Supreme Court, now dominated by conservative judges, several states such as Texas have launched the offensive, adopting restrictive laws, some of which contradict case law, in order to provide the High Court with a opportunity to return to the subject.

On Friday, thousands of Americans opposed to abortion gathered in Washington in an optimistic mood, convinced that the Supreme Court will soon reverse “Roe v. Wade”.

(AFP)

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