Pro-lifers celebrate as abortion advocates vow to keep fighting in the US – 6/24/2022

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2022 (AFP) – The conservative right in the United States on Friday hailed the Supreme Court’s decision which “casts the right to abortion in the dustbin of history”, while progressives and various organizations social promise to continue to “fight” to defend it.

In a televised address, President Joe Biden said it was a “sad day” for the United States and called the decision a “tragic mistake” due to “extremist ideology”.

On the other hand, former President Donald Trump told Fox News that the decision represents the “will of God”, while former Vice President Mike Pence praised the fact that the case’s famous sentence ” Roe v. Wade,” which had guaranteed abortion rights for nearly 50 years, was “thrown into the dustbin of history.”

The Pro-Life campaign also referred to “a transcendental day for human rights”.

– Turn – In a historic turning point, the United States Supreme Court has buried the sentence that guaranteed the right to terminate a pregnancy.

The decision does not, however, make the voluntary termination of pregnancy illegal, but returns the country to the situation that existed before the “Roe v. Wade” of 1973, where each state was free to allow it or not.

Several states have already announced the ban on abortion on their territory.

‘This is a monumental day for the sanctity of life,’ Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in a tweet accompanied by an image that shows him ratifying a text that ‘really’ ends abortion in this conservative downtown state.

Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says abortion is now illegal in the northern state under a so-called “trigger” law that was pre-drafted to take effect automatically in the event of a change in jurisprudence by the Supreme Court.

– ‘The will’ – The pros and cons were immediately mobilized.

“Today, the Supreme Court not only overturned nearly 50 years of historic precedent, but relegated the most intensely personal decision that can be made to the whims of politicians and ideologues, attacking fundamental freedoms,” said tweeted former Democratic President Barack Obama.

For its part, the main American family planning organization has promised to continue to “fight” to restore this right and preserve it as much as possible at the local level.

The governors of three liberal US West Coast states announced a joint initiative to secure and defend access to abortion, minutes after the Supreme Court issued a ruling stripping away the right.

“They want to restrict the freedom of women […] California has partnered with Oregon and Washington to stand up for women and protect their right to reproductive health,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

“Abortion is health care, and no matter where you are from, Oregon will not turn its back on anyone seeking health care,” Governor Kate Brown said. “Let’s be clear: it is not possible to ban abortion, only to ban the right to a safe abortion,” he added.

His Washington state counterpart, Jay Inslee, argued that “the right to choose shouldn’t depend on the majority party, but that’s where we are.”

Regional authorities on Friday announced legal actions and the sending of resources aimed at making reproductive health accessible to women in all regions of the country within their states.

– ‘Step back’ – On the international level, Canada and the United Kingdom, two of the closest allies of the United States, deplored the decision of the Supreme Court.

“The news coming out of the United States is horrible. My heart goes out to the millions of American women who will lose their legal right to abortion,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in turn, lamented the “big step backwards” that had taken place.

During his speech, Joe Biden lamented that the United States is an “exception” in the world.

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