United States: California mobilized against the anti-abortion bill

The demonstrations are multiplying and the Democratic governor of the western state of the United States is stepping up to the plate.

“We must not be mistaken if this project passes, it will not stop there”, specifies Karen (1) member of the LGBT community. The young woman who lives in Oakland, in the bay of San Francisco, says she is “worried about the plan to question the federal protection of the right to abortion, by the Supreme Court of the United States (2)”.

Gay marriage

“After the questioning of abortion, they risk attacking same-sex marriage and the rights of the LGBT community and minorities”, specifies the latter, while across the United States, in general, and in the State of California in particular, the protest is gaining momentum although the anti-abortionists are not giving up (see box).

The anti-abortion do not disarm

Without waiting for June 30, the deadline for the Supreme Court to rule on the right to abortion at the federal level, the Republican governor of Oklahoma has enacted a law prohibiting women in this state from having abortions after 6 weeks of pregnancy. This law provides for medical exceptions to abortion without being the case for rape or cases of incest. “I want Oklahoma to become the most pro-life state in the country,” the governor told the American press. It should be noted that Texas, a neighboring state of Oklahoma, passed a law in September last year prohibiting any abortion as soon as the beating of the heart of the embryo is perceptible.

A concern shared by Lounès, 16, who lives not far from the University of Berkley. “I am young and with my friends we cannot yet vote. But we are ready to call for the struggle of women on social networks. The rights resulting from years of struggle must not be called into question” .

For Richard, a retired Californian architect, “the decision to have an abortion is the responsibility of the couple, whether it is a man and a woman or a woman and a woman. It must really depend on the relationship of the couple, but also of the circumstances of the pregnancy”. The latter adding that, “the annulment of the judgment Roe v. Wade (2) makes the question of rights concerning non-traditional lifestyles very fragile”.

My body, my choice

As we have understood, it is not easy to find in California, at least in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the big cities, people in favor of the project to question the federal protection of the right to abortion.

This is why in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, demonstrations are taking place to protest against the draft drafted by conservative Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. Like last Saturday, May 7, where in San Diego, around 500 people marched, going around Balboa Park several times, chanting “My body, my choice (My body, my choice Ed)”.

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In San Francisco, the same day, a parade on Market Street (an emblematic avenue in the city center) brought together several hundred demonstrators. Their placards read: “It will not ban abortion, only safe abortion”.

Our daughters, sisters, mothers, and grandmothers will not be silenced.

The world is about to hear their fury.

California will not sit back. We are going to fight like hell. https://t.co/EhwSWXiZhx

— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 3, 2022

On the side of the authorities of the State of California, the most populous and the richest in the USA, the time is also up for mobilization; even if California does not risk a priori to switch to the camp of the States which would prohibit abortion (3). Its Democratic Governor, Gavin Newsom recently tweeted a message of support and call for struggle: “Our daughters, our sisters, our mothers and our grandmothers will not be silenced. The world is about to hear their fury. California will not sit idly by. We will fight like hell.”

It should be noted that the same governor, shortly after Donald Trump’s election in 2017, recalled California’s nation-state status and raised the specter of possible secession.

(1) Assumed first name.
(2) The Supreme Court is about to reverse its Roe v. Wade, which has guaranteed and protected the right to abortion in every state in the United States since 1973.
(3) If the nine justices of the court decided, by a majority, to reverse Roe v. Wade, abortion is not illegal in the United States, but each state should decide whether it establishes and guarantees the right to abortion in its legislation. What many states are not ready to do.

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