Right to abortion: American women disgusted by this step back

Abortion rights: American women shocked by this backtrack

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WASHINGTON | Thousands of frightened and angry American women came from across the United States to protest outside the nation's Supreme Court, who has just revoked their right to abortion.

“I fear for my future, for my friends. I fear for my country and its future,” said 11-year-old American Penelope Hall, with tears in her eyes and a tight voice, yesterday as she protested in front of the highest court in the States. United in Washington, after having driven four hours with her father.

Despite the sweltering heat which was around 33 degrees yesterday, there are thousands of them, like her, who showed their anger by chanting in “My body, my choice” chorus before their country's highest institution, which revoked abortion rights on Friday.

To this day, the iconic ruling Roe v . Wadehas guaranteed American women the right to abortion for almost 50 years. But the majority of the judges of the highest US court now consider this right to be unfounded, and each state can now make it illegal.  

Save your life

While several states have already made this act illegal on Friday, half of the country is preparing to follow suit.

“Two years ago, the abortion I had saved my life. I got pregnant while having an IUD and protecting myself. What will happen to young girls who will be in the same situation as me? Will they have to die? launched Natasa Rohacs, 21, who came down from New Jersey to protest.

“I had a miscarriage a few years ago and without an abortion, I would have died”, adds Jessica Scarnecchia , 32, who drove from Ohio. “Today, in my state, they would let me die if I had an abortion, even if my embryo is not viable”, explains the one who fears for the future of her seven-year-old daughter.

Dr. Phillip Rice Jr, a physician at North Shore Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, expressed concern about the fate of the women he treats.

“There will be thousands of abortions illegal and dangerous. They risk being thousands to lose their lives because of this decision”, the man enraged after having faced about twenty anti-abortion demonstrators who slipped among the crowd (see opposite).< /p>

Terrified

For most, the move also raises fears that other vested interests, such as gay marriage, birth control and even interracial relationships, will be next to suffer the fate of Conservative politicians.

“We fought every day for the right to be free, for future generations to be free, and this government is destroying everything,” said 66-year-old social worker Nancy White. /p>

The faces of the demonstration  

Even the Democrats  

“The Democrats have had two months to fight this decision which is clearly led by the right and the extremists. The Democrats let us down,” says 29-year-old Naomi Wallace in disgust. 

Tense face-to-face  

A pro-choice protester, Juliette Dueffert, 18, confronted an anti-abortion protester yesterday, outside the Supreme Court. “The only thing we can do today is fight, show that we don't let ourselves be walked on by people who are against women's rights and who don't want to give women their freedom to choose. I would not be afraid to continue to stand up to others, ”explained to the Journal the young woman. 

11 years old and standing   

Penelope Hall, 11, did not hesitate to come and demonstrate to show how much she is afraid of the future that awaits her. “We are being robbed of our right to abortion. The role of these judges is to protect our rights, to protect us, and they just did the exact opposite,” said the West Virginia teenager. 

Children and adults  

Accompanied by her daughters Aria, 6, and River, 3, Jennifer Wangcame to protest. “In China, my mother was forced to have an abortion because of the one-child law and today, it is I who do not have the right to have an abortion. I feel like we're never given a choice and I want my daughters to know that's not normal,” the mother of the family shared. 

93 years old and angry  

Carol Foulke, a 93-year-old ex-social worker, asked her daughter Freddie, 67, to accompany her to demonstrate. For her, it was unthinkable to miss this event, as she celebrated obtaining the right to abortion 50 years ago. “She was working at a Planned Parenthood when Roe v. Wade passed in 1973. So today she is in shock and cannot believe her country is failing the most vulnerable women,” said Freddie Foulke. 

The antichoice are here  

Melanie Salazar, a 23-year-old anti-abortion woman, came from San Antonio, Texas to celebrate the Supreme Court's decision to revoke abortion rights yesterday. “Today is a great day because we have just made important progress in protecting all life. It is not because a woman becomes pregnant and that it does not suit her that she can end the life of a child, ”she believes. According to her, many doctors lie to women about what abortion is and they should instead use the resources available to them to raise their child or put it up for adoption. 

< strong>The trauma of a lifetime  

Natasa Rohacs, 21, spoke yesterday morning in front of the crowd. She recounted her traumatic experience of having an abortion, when she had taken all the precautions to protect herself and not get pregnant. “I was lucky to have access to an abortion clinic, a gynecologist and the support of my boyfriend. I don't know what would have happened if I hadn't had access to these resources and I wonder how all these women are going to do,” she told the Journal.

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