US faces fresh protests over abortion laws after gun law gets less attention

By Ashok Nilakantan

New York, June 26 (SocialNews.XYZ) Americans are up in arms again, this time over the Supreme Court’s 6-3 verdict in Roe Vs Wade that strips a woman’s legal right to abortion, usually resulting from a decision to terminate a pregnancy due to rape, incest or malformation of the embryo in the uterus.

On Friday, President Joe Biden strongly opposed the court’s decision to strike down the federal abortion law, while calling on people, especially women, to remain calm as several protested. nationwide against the Supreme Court decision.

Biden blamed the three judges appointed by former President Donald Trump. In the United States, unlike in India where Supreme Court Justices serve a fixed term, SC Justices are appointed for life.

Trump took the SC verdict as a personal triumph for appointing the judges who handed down the verdict.

President Joe Biden said Friday that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade puts American women at risk, calling it a “sad day” for the judiciary and the country. “Now that Roe is gone, let’s be very clear. The health and lives of women in this country are now at risk,” Biden said in a Friday afternoon speech at the White House.

Biden said the landmark 1973 abortion rights case not only protected a woman’s right to make personal decisions in consultation with her doctor, but also reaffirmed women’s equality and strengthened the right to privacy.

Biden, who served as former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he has carefully studied the case and believes it was properly decided by the Supreme Court nearly 50 years ago. Roe was the Supreme Court justice in 1973 who upheld a woman’s right to abortion as a legal right that resonated resoundingly with state laws that legalized the right to abortion.

For decades, rights conservatives, including Catholics, fought Roe on the grounds that it was murder, but met strong opposition from women’s abortion rights activists. Biden said three judges appointed by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, were responsible for the decision that leaves states to determine their own abortion laws.

“Make no mistake, this decision is the culmination of a deliberate effort over decades to upset the balance of our law,” Biden said. “This is the realization of an extreme ideology and a tragic error by the Supreme Court, in my view,” the USA Today quote quoted him as saying.

The president spoke in visceral terms about the consequences of the court’s decision on abortion rights across the country. He said state laws that restrict abortion that will come into force could jeopardize the health of millions of women and force women who want abortions, but are no longer able to receive them, to bear the children of their rapists.

Biden said it is now up to Congress to restore federal abortion rights protections.

“And if Congress, as it seems, doesn’t have the votes to do it now, voters need to make their voices heard,” he said, referring to the midterm elections. He backed Democrats who wanted women’s abortion rights put on the agenda for a popular referendum in the 2022 midterm elections, necessitated by redistribution following the 2020 census. .

Biden took no questions from White House reporters and his press secretary canceled all briefings as protesters lined up outside the Supreme Court to protest his judgment with signs saying ‘Hell don’t has known more fury than an enraged woman”. An analogy to the Shakespearean quote from King Lear: “Hell knew no greater fury than a woman despised.”

The President asked protesters to remain calm and peaceful as violence is never acceptable as we must oppose it in any form, regardless of the rationale behind it.

What is the Roe vs. Wade case about?

The Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Judge Wade’s 1973 draft legalized abortion in the United States, resonating across the country, with lower courts also approving women’s right to legally abort a child with doctors’ consent if born rape, incest or malformations or simply poverty for an education if the fetal age was 28 weeks or seven months. With advances in medical science, it was reduced to 22 weeks or six months. The petitioner was then 22-year-old complainant Norma McCorvey. And ‘Wade’ was the defendant, Henry Wade, the Dallas County, Texas, attorney at the time.

“Roe” struck down laws that banned abortion in several states and ruled that abortion would be permitted up to the point of fetal viability, which is the time after which a fetus can survive outside of it. the uterus.

Fetal viability was around 28 weeks (7 months) at the time of the ‘Roe’ judgment nearly 50 years ago. Now down to 23 or 24 weeks (6 months or a bit less), and more recent studies show it could still be set at 22 weeks. An average pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks, doctors say. The moral question was the right of the mothers to have the baby or not against an embryo or the right of the infants to survive, which makes it a very complicated question.

What is the status of abortion in the United States today?

Since no federal law currently exists to protect women’s abortion rights, the overturning of “Roe” leaves abortion laws entirely up to the states to interpret and adjudicate. Right-wing conservative states are likely to revert to laws banning abortions before the Supreme Court established the fetal viability standard in 1973.

Activists and progressive politicians said the availability of clinics, insurance payments, are critical issues that are part of many women’s struggle, even with “Roe’s” support. Without this legal support, access could become even more difficult.

Source: IANS

US faces fresh protests over abortion laws after gun law gets less attention

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