In a historic about-face, the ultra-conservative U.S. Supreme Court on Friday buried a ruling that for nearly half a century had guaranteed American women’s right to abortion but had never been accepted by the religious right. .
This decision does not make terminations of pregnancy illegal but returns the United States to the situation in force before the emblematic decision Roe v. Wade from 1973, when each state was free to allow them or not.
Given the fractures in the country, half of the states, especially in the South and the center, which are more conservative and religious, could quickly banish them. Missouri announces to be the first state to ban abortion after the Supreme Court decision.
US President Joe Biden will speak at 12:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. GMT) on Friday. The 79-year-old Democrat, a devout Catholic, had already promised to act by decree to protect access to voluntary termination of pregnancy, but his room for maneuver in the matter is very slim.
6:15 p.m. – Leading family planning organization vows to keep ‘fighting’
The main American family planning organization has promised to continue to “fight” to guarantee access to abortion. “You’re probably feeling a lot of emotions – pain, anger, confusion. It’s okay, we are with you and we will never stop fighting for you,” Planned Parenthood tweeted.
SCOTUS may have just ended our constitutional right to abortion, but know this: Abortion is health care, and you deserve to control your body and your future, no matter what. That hasn’t changed. We can’t and we won’t back down now. Join us: pic.twitter.com/TkKyknTEmi
—Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) June 24, 2022
6:10 p.m. – Obama accuses the Supreme Court of having “attacked the fundamental freedoms of millions of American women”
Former US President Barack Obama accused the Supreme Court of having “attacked the fundamental freedoms of millions of American women”, after the institution’s decision to revoke the right to abortion. “Today the Supreme Court not only overturned nearly 50 years of historic precedent, it also left the most personal decision to the will of politicians and ideologues,” the former Democratic president said on Twitter.
Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of previous, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 24, 2022
6:04 p.m. – Boris Johnson denounces a “great step backwards”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lamented on Friday the “great step backwards” that he believes the decision of the American Supreme Court represents. This decision has a “major impact on what people think”, “I believe it is a big step backwards”, declared the head of the British government at the Commonwealth summit in Kigali, Rwanda. And to add: “I have always believed in the right of women to choose. »
6:00 p.m. – Missouri bans abortion
Missouri’s attorney general announced on Friday that the conservative central US state has become the “first” to ban voluntary abortions following a Supreme Court ruling that revoked abortion rights . “This is a monumental day for the sanctity of life,” Eric Schmitt said in a tweet accompanied by an image showing him ratifying the bill that “truly” ends abortion in Missouri – State which only had one clinic allowing such an operation.
5:55 p.m. – Joe Biden will speak on Friday
US President Joe Biden will speak at 12:30 p.m. Washington time (4:30 p.m. GMT) on Friday. The 79-year-old Democrat, a devout Catholic, had already promised to act by decree to protect access to voluntary termination of pregnancy, but his room for maneuver in the matter is very slim.
5:49 p.m. – The Supreme Court of the United States blasts the right to abortion
The very conservative Supreme Court of the United States on Friday buried a judgment which, for nearly half a century, guaranteed the right of American women to abortion but had never been accepted by the religious right. As soon as the decision was announced, protesters flocked by the hundreds to the temple of law in Washington, with tears of joy or sadness. The decision goes against the international trend to liberalize abortions, with progress in countries where the influence of the Catholic Church remains strong, such as Ireland, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia.
In front of the Supreme Court, pro-abortion (“pro-choice”) demonstrators oppose the historic decision that has just been taken. The Roe versus Wade case, which had guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion since 1973, is overturned @Point pic.twitter.com/ZzvoqG0uoV
— Claire Meynial (@ClaireMeynial) June 24, 2022