United States of America in turmoil after the Supreme Court attempted to overturn abortion rights. This even triggered a large demonstration that was divided between the two camps, pros and cons.
This commotion began when the Politico media leaked a 98-page draft opinion written by US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. The draft contains the opinion that the legalization of abortion rights in the Roe v Wade case was a mistake.
Responding to the leak of the draft, US President Joe Biden opened his voice. He urged congress to pass the law on abortion rights, because it is a fundamental matter.
“Roe v Wade has been the law of the land for nearly 50 years, and our basic justice and legal stability demands that it is not overturned,” Biden said in a statement. CNN.
He said if the opinion decision was final, it would be a radical decision.
“The idea that we let the states make those decisions, the regions make those decisions, would be a fundamental change in what we’re already doing,” Biden continued.
In addition to Biden, US Vice President Kamala Harris also expressed her concerns. He stated that the Supreme Court’s attempt to cancel Roe v Wade was an attack on women.
“If the court overturns Roe v Wade, it would be a direct attack on freedom,” Harris said.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy on Tuesday.
“I want Oklahoma to be the most pro-life state in the nation because I represent the four million Oklahoma citizens who desperately want to protect their unborn baby,” Stitt said on Twitter.
Apart from officials, civilians also expressed their opinions on the street. Massive demonstrations arose. Crowds gathered in front of the United States (US) Supreme Court building on Tuesday local time.
Some of them support efforts to cancel abortion rights, others reject it.
“I will fight with the rest of my life,” said one protester, 70, Lynn Hart was quoted as saying AFP. He is worried that his grandchildren will not get the rights he already feels.
Before the Supreme Court ruled that abortion was a protected right, Hart admitted that he had committed the act when he was a teenager. Then in 1973, when the Supreme Court legalized abortion rights, he did it again.
Other demonstrators were seen holding pamphlets that read, “My body, my choice,” before sticking them on the fences.
Among those who are pro, there is a group that calls for abortion rights to be cancelled.
Seattle-based anti-abortion activist Kristin Monaghan said she doubted the majority court she deemed conservative would overturn Roe v Wade.
Another anti-abortion protester, Archi Smith, said there was still a lot of work to be done, and he hoped the judge would side with life.