Thousands took to the streets in cities around the country on Saturday demanding that lawmakers and judges protect human rights and the possibility of abortion as the country’s highest court prepares to hear its grand birth issue in decades.
It was the first Women’s March in the Biden regime, and it came months after the Supreme Court did not take action to lift Texas’s abortion ban for the first six weeks, halting the number of abortions in the province. Texas is the first country to have a first-term abortion ban that has occurred in the decades since Roe v. Wade, an important decision that has made an abortion legal in all parts of the world.
Now, the Supreme Court, which begins its new term on Monday, is set to hear in December a dispute over Mississippi’s law banning all pregnancies after 15 weeks of detention. At the same time, judges will reconsider an important aspect of reproductive rights: they say it cannot prevent abortion before the baby is born – usually up to 28 weeks earlier. A ruling in support of the Mississippi would strengthen other Republican-led states to impose abortions on early pregnancies.
In Washington DC on Saturday, protesters they marched to the Supreme Court, singing “My body, my choice.” During the speech, protesters continued to cite Texas law, SB 8, which prohibits all abortions after cervical heart failure can be seen – usually around the sixth week of pregnancy when most people don’t even know they are pregnant. The law is uncommon because it relies on private individuals and not on the government to impose sanctions, raising the question of whether Texas has found a way to address the first abortion ban to prevent unconstitutional abortions.
Speaking to a crowd gathered at Freedom Plaza, Texan Anna Li described the hoops she had to jump to for an abortion at the age of 17. Texas is one of the many countries that require young children to obtain parental consent for abortion. But Li’s parents were out of the country, so she had to get permission from a judge to terminate her pregnancy.
“Do you know what I wanted to say to the judge? I’m not a babysitter and I have to be able to decide when and when to get pregnant,” Li said happily.
She had an abortion six weeks later due to delays caused by the requirements, said Li, a politician at Deed Not Words, Austin’s women’s empowerment organization. But if SB 8 were working, he would not be able to get it.
“No one should go to a judge to be allowed to have an abortion,” Li said. “No one should worry about being sued for helping a friend and no one should stand in my way when I want to be born, plan B, or have an abortion.”