Put an end to a constitutional right established for forty-nine years. Take away women’s freedom to dispose of their bodies, preferring to entrust States with the task of legislating on abortion, according to their political orientation. This is the step, of historic gravity, that the Supreme Court of the United States plans to take, if it confirms, by the summer, the preliminary draft decision revealed on May 2 by the site Politico.
The eventual laying down of Roe v. Wade’s 1973 ruling sent political shock waves and rallies outside the court building in Washington.
For the first time in more than two months, the war in Ukraine has been relegated to second place in the media. Suddenly, America must look again at its internal fractures and at the blue and red card of its States, those where abortion will remain practiced, and those where it will be restricted, even criminalized. The religious right sees an ideological and legal victory matured over a long period of time. For their part, the Democrats, fuming but powerless, want to impose this controversy at the heart of the campaign before the midterm ballot in November.
In a statement released Tuesday morning, the White House has called for general mobilization. “I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental”says Joe Biden. “If the Court does in fact reverse Roe, it will be up to our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect women’s right to choose, continues the president. And it will be up to voters to elect pro-choice representatives in November. »
Unease in the halls of Congress
Traveling during the day in Alabama to visit an arms factory, Joe Biden worried about the possible questioning of other rights, if the argument used in the document was duplicated. “This is a fundamental shift in American jurisprudence”, underlined Joe Biden. In a tweet, the president then considered that this rupture risked “challenging the fundamental right to privacy, to making personal choices about marriage, whether or not to have children, and how to raise them.”
The Democrats are obviously upwind. “It’s a dark and disturbing morning for America”, said Chuck Schumer, the leader of the party in the Senate. But the majority is too narrow in the upper house to be able to enshrine the right to abortion in law, despite repeated promises to that effect, including by Joe Biden himself during his campaign. The inability of the Democratic camp to lift the necessary supermajority rule (sixty votes) is causing strong internal tensions.
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