Abortion opponents in the United States warn: “The fight is not over”

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Washington (EFE).- Opponents of abortion in the United States warn that their fight did not end with the decision of the Supreme Court which, last June, revoked the protection of this right throughout the country “We won’t stop until abortion is thinkable”.

The demonstration that the March For Life organization has organized every year since 1974 had this time a symbolic significance. It was celebrated on the eve of the 50th anniversary this Sunday of the legalization of abortion and months after America’s top court overturned its decision of half a century ago.

People take part in the March for Life in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, United States, January 20, 2023. EFE/EPA/Erik S. Lesser

Thousands of people, many of them students and religious people, attended the roll call on Washington’s National Mall, making their way to the Capitol and the Supreme Court, reflecting that their fight continues both in the streets and before the courts.

“This year we commemorate our most important victory, but we will not stop,” March for Life president Jeanne Mancini told the audience.

The “Roe v. Patauger” case

When the Supreme Court overturned “Roe v. Wade” in June, it left the decision of whether or not to allow voluntary pregnancy protection in the hands of each state.

“It was a step in the right decision and a sign that our voices had been heard,” Maggie Marciniak, 27, told EFE, who attended the march from Pennsylvania with a desire to show her support for women. and unborn children and by measures. who “truly defend life”.

Since the Supreme Court ruling, according to data from Planned Parenthood, the largest network of reproductive services clinics in the United States, 18 of 50 states have banned abortion or severely restricted it, and in 13 d between them, access to this service is practically impossible. although there are exceptions.

The battle of abortion opponents, as new Republican House Majority Leader Steve Scalise said on stage, “has been going on for decades”: “It’s important that we celebrate every achievement in the making. of road. Let’s keep fighting and win it,” he said.

Abortion figures, according to March for Life

March for Life calculates that in the United States there are about 900,000 abortions each year and says that figure is expected to drop to 200,000 after the Supreme Court ruling.

“Abortion is wrong, it’s murder. You have to get rid of it completely. Life is a gift,” said 16-year-old Luke Douglas, who arrived at the protest with classmates from his institute, Trinity Christian School, in the neighboring state of Virginia.

Anti-abortion activists from across the country take part in the annual March for Life on the National Mall, in Washington, United States, January 20, 2023. EFE/EPA/Shawn Thew
Anti-abortion activists from across the country take part in the annual March for Life on the National Mall, in Washington, United States, January 20, 2023. EFE/EPA/Shawn Thew

For many present, abortion should not consider exceptions, not even in cases of incest, rape or when the life of the mother is in danger: “There are always ways to protect both lives “added Mollie McCain, 57.

The “pro-life” movement goes beyond total abolition. In the words of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), present at the march, “we must not rest until all the moral destruction that accompanied the sexual revolution will not have ended”.

The White House made it clear this Friday that it respects the right to peaceful protest, but President Joe Biden also stressed that his administration will not stop until abortion rights are restored to the nation. nationwide until Congress enshrines it in the Constitution. .

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